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Northern Italy Struggling

Beppe Severgnini writing in The New York Times:

Ten municipalities around Codogno, a town of 15,000 southeast of Milan, are in lockdown: Nobody can get in or out. The first person in Italy known to have contracted coronavirus was diagnosed by the local hospital, and the government in Rome — together with Lombardy’s, Veneto’s and Emilia- Romagna’s regional authority — decreed exceptional measures to stop the epidemic from spreading: Schools are closed and will stay so for another week. So are markets, cinemas, theaters, churches and museums. Football matches have been canceled. Design Week, which attracts visitors to Milan from around the world, has been postponed from April to June. Public transport is half empty.

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