Italy Threatens Jail For Coronavirus Sufferers Violating Quarantine

 Italy Threatens Jail For Coronavirus Sufferers Violating Quarantine

A general view shows a man walking his dog across a deserted Piazza Campo dei Fiori in central Rome on March 24, 2020 during the country’s lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

Italy has announced strict new punishments ina bid to clamp down on the spread of the coronavirus in the country, including possible jail time for people who have the virus and violate quarantine.

The new orders, published late Tuesday night, March 24, 2020, include, those who have tested positive and do not stay home could face one to five years in prison, fines for violating quarantine rise from 400 euros ($430) to 3,000 euros ($3,245), businesses that break rules designed to keep the virus from spreading could be closed from five to 30 days.

The government decree says the regulations will be reviewed each month until July 31 and could be made stricter.

The decree does not extend the length of the current restrictions, which are due to end on April 3, 2020.

Italy, the new epicentre of the virus, has recorded nearly 70,000 cases and almost 7,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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