Life in the Time of Corona

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Life in the Time of Corona

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TO CONTROL THE OUTBREAK, ITALY IS IN LOCKDOWN - BUT IS IT TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE?

It's Europe's coronavirus epicentre with cases of infected rising by over a thousand daily. In the country's north, hospitals are full. Patients, young and old, are dying. At first, doctors mistook it for the flu. Precious time was lost and now Italy, known for its warm embraces and kisses on both cheeks, has more cases than any country apart from China. Hospitals have been swamped. All non-corona related patients’ care has been sidelined. Doctors have been issued with protocols about which patients to prioritise and which not to – a form of disaster medicine.

Desperate to bring the virus under control, Italy has finally taken strong action, declaring a nationwide lockdown. Schools and universities have shut. Shops, cafes and restaurants have closed. Apart from buying groceries, people need official authorisation to move around or else face a fine.

In the province of Lodi, half an hour from northern Italy’s capital Milan, it’s day 23 of the lockdown.

For this special report, reporter Emma Alberici taps into her network of family and friends in and around Milan, as well as doctors and businesspeople, to tell an intimate story about how families, communities and the country are dealing with this unprecedented health emergency. Via Skype calls, phone diaries and photos, Life in the Time of Corona brings you a picture of Italy in lockdown – it’s an intimate insight into an extraordinary moment in history.

A Foreign Correspondent Story

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation