The Guardian

The Guardian 16 Mar 2020

Coronavirus in Italy: lockdown, solidarity and racism

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Meet Sonia Zhou who runs a popular Chinese restaurant in Rome's Chinatown. She has been forced to shut up shop, in part, due to people avoiding the area after the coronavirus outbreak. Italy has seen increased incidences of anti-Chinese racism but also much-needed acts of solidarity as it goes into national lockdown.


NBC News' Matt Bradley reports from Italy on the coronavirus infection rate, death toll and efforts to reopen parts of the economy. Aired on 4/13/2020.
Governments around the world are scrambling to find ways to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Many have imposed restrictions on people's movements.
Italy is in it's fourth week of a strict nationwide lockdown. While this might be helping in the fight against the Coronavirus, It is also bringing the country's economy to its knees. With people losing their jobs and their earnings, fears are mounting that in Italy dissatisfaction could quickly turn into unrest.
The UK has recorded its highest daily number of deaths from coronavirus. 938 more people died in hospital with the virus in the last 24 hours, close to the worst levels seen in Italy and Spain. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson was said to be "improving" as he prepared to spend a third night in intensive care. Downing Street said he was "sitting up in bed and engaging positively" with staff at St Thomas' Hospital in London. Meanwhile scientists have questioned whether the government can meet its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of April. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg and Health Editor Hugh Pym.
In Italy, the elderly have been bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 epidemic. But the coronavirus crisis has also taken its toll on the hundreds of thousands of foreign live-in caregivers who look after them. Known as badantes , they work in Italy to support their families back home in eastern Europe. Among them are many Ukrainian women. The lockdown has left them either cut off from their families or their only source of income.

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