Italy just announced the closure of all restaurants and bars, along with most stores.https://www.wsj.com/articles/italy-hard ... 1583962093
It seems this is just for the next 15 days, but I am starting to wonder if the Italian Government is not becoming too reactionary.
At a certain point, the economic cost simply outweigh the benefits.
With very few customers, occupancy restrictions and mostly empty restaurants, it may be better for them to close.
That is true, but PM Conte better be prepared to handle a Great Depression next. Because that's what he likely will get if this lasts longer than a couple of weeks. And we all know what happens in Italy after a Great Depression.
I think that you guys are not seeing the full picture.
Today, the equivalent of an A321 load of patients (196) have been put in coffins in Italy.
Everyday that the virus is allowed to run rampant, the equivalent number of people as a large narrowbody crash is dying, but even worse, this is an exponential growth, so soon it would be thousands per day.
Letting thousands die per day is just unacceptable and would create a depression of its own.
PM Conte and the regional governments have taken the adequate measures of keeping everyone home, in a Wuhan-style lockdown.
This is the only way and even that will only start working in say a few days to 4 weeks, until all people who are infected and their families are isolated.
So we're going to keep seeing a growth until everyone infected is identified, so it' s likely that Italy will exceed 100.000 infected and we'll see a death rate of thousands per day at some point.
What shocks me is that people are still not taking the safe road and wondering "is it really necessary?".
Italy's politicians were in that camp until the situation was out of control and now regreting not taking action earlier.
China's politicians were in that same camp until it was there too.
France, Germany and Spain are wasting time as we speak and think they can still manage this, however I'm hearing that hospitals in Madrid are already overflowing.
In a week or so, France, Germany and Spain will have the same numbers as Italy, will be forced to take draconian measures and people will still be wondering if those countries aren't overreacting.