With the rising cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy, Prime Minister Guiseppe Conde ordered a lockdown on the country until April.
Conde said attempts to contain the spread of the virus has failed to have significant gains to prevent the deaths linked to the virus.
Most of victims of the virus are from the northern region of Italy.
Conde said, “The right decision is to stay at home. Our future and the future of Italy is in our hands. These hands have to be more responsible today than ever before.”
Among the measures being enforced to contain the spread of the virus include strict controls on travel in the northern regions of Italy.
Cinemas, theaters, and museums were ordered closed. Restaurants and bars will close 6PM.
In the meantime, the Philippine Embassy in Italy and the Vatican are monitoring the conditions of Filipinos working and travelling in their jurisdiction.
There are 160,000 Filipinos based in Italy, so far, there are no reports of Filipinos infected with the COVID-19.