Published on Feb 25, 2020
A town in the province of Lodi, one of the most affected by the virus outbreak in northern Italy, appeared completely deserted, Tuesday, February 25, on its second day of forced quarantine.
READ MORE: Italian officials are scrambling to contain an outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19, after separate cases were confirmed Tuesday in Tuscany and Sicily, which is hundreds of kilometers away from the north of the country, where nearly a dozen towns are on lockdown following 10 virus-related deaths.
The lack of a clear source of the outbreak in the affluent northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto is raising the alarm of Italy’s public health officials, who have been hunting for “Patient Zero,” the first person in the country to be infected with the virus.
The surge of 283 positive cases in parts of northern Italy in recent days is prompting anxiety in neighboring countries, with officials saying the coronavirus is “knocking at the door.”