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Coronavirus: Inside Italy's COVID-19 Lockdown | Foreign Correspondent

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It’s Europe’s coronavirus epicentre with cases of infected rising by up to a thousand daily. Hospitals are full. Patients, young and old, are dying. To control the outbreak, Italy is in lockdown but is it too little too late?
In the province of Lodi, half an hour from northern Italy’s capital Milan, it’s day 23 of the lockdown.
A young couple - Isabella and Roberto - are stuck inside with their 3-year-old daughter Eleonora. They’re wondering when they will be able to resume normal life.
The northern Lombardy region has been dubbed the ground zero of Italy’s corona crisis. So far, over two thousand people have died there and nearly thirty thousand have been infected.
After Lombardy, the virus spread through the north, then nationwide.
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.
Reporter Emma Alberici can’t travel to Italy but she has relatives and friends there.
For this special report, Emma taps into her network of family and friends 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.
We use skype calls, phone diaries, photos and home video to bring you a picture of Italy in lockdown.
In Milan, we meet the head surgeon at one of the city’s major hospitals. He’s isolated at home after contracting the Coronavirus from one of his patients. He explains how he’s being treated for the infection and his fears for his wife, who’s working as an obstetrician.
There’s 7-year-old Zoe, who doing school from her home in Milan. She skypes her Australian friend Livia and they chat and giggle about the virus and hand washing.
We meet Emma’s 90-year-old aunt recently hospitalised with influenza, and her cousin - also Emma Alberici - who’s looking after her mother while holding down a job as CFO of a big pharmaceutical company in Milan - an industry which has special exemption from the lockdown.
We hear from Isabella and Roberto about the meals they’re cooking and the bread they’re baking.
And we interview virologist Prof Roberto Burioni who warns Australia that this virus is dangerous and must be taken with the utmost seriousness.
This is an intimate insight into an extraordinary moment in history.
Read more here: ab.co/2WG1zYW
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ABC News In-depth
ABC News In-depth 2 months ago
Hey Guys, if you have any questions regarding the story, please reply to this comment. The team behind this episode will be answering the best questions in a couple days.
Russe
Russe 2 months ago
Maybe you can start actually reporting on australian politics better now and not bowing to your liberal paymasters and we might jusy not be in this situation in Australia
Kryptolella
Kryptolella 2 months ago
First of all, good work, it was nice reporting. I just want to let know that Milan isn't "Ground Zero", not for the world nor for Italy.. It was the city of Codogno, in the province of Lodi (South of Milan), soon after that there was Vo' (province of Padova, Veneto). I do know Milan is more popular as those cities, but since you're reporting information, it's best if you try to be as accurate as possible, especially during this confusing times..it's a very difficult situation for all, I get it, we will manage. Again, good work with this video and the work behind it, this was merely a clarification, which probably was already made by someone else (since it's been a week). Please, be safe you too! We'll get better, each and everyone of us.
Ana Knoles
Ana Knoles 2 months ago
Can we have an update on how these families are doing now, a week further into Quarantine?
Nicholas Scott
Nicholas Scott 2 months ago
my question is how do you account for the overwhelming amount of cases once testing began, WHEN it's litterally impossible to actually test for the novel COVID-19 strain specificlly, ONLY to test for general coronavirus which EVERYBODY has some degree of normally, effectively coupling ALL (even minor) coronavirus positive tests exclusively as COVID-19?? 🤔
Joe Carlo
Joe Carlo 2 months ago
@Ryan Rigsby WRONG: YOU DIDN'T LISTEN WELL… they say: "It's ground zero of the corona virus outbreak". And NOTHING is said before so as to explain what "it" is. I was also shocked at how badly this intro was phrased. In the future, no one will be sure what they meant. (they seem to be trying to hide the fact that it came from China) They should have added, "..in Europe" And instead of "it's…" they should have said: "Milan, in northern Italy is…" So it should have been: "This is Milan, in northern Italy… and it's ground zero of the Chinese corona virus outbreak in Europe"
Cheyenne Fox
Cheyenne Fox Month ago
Um ....thought China was ground0 wtf u talking bout stupids
Oluseyi Segun
Oluseyi Segun Month ago
Excellent journalism👏🏾
diversity7777
diversity7777 Month ago
Goodness...anyone informed about the hot spot in Italy IT WAS IN MILANO regione Lombardia, the video is about Milan where Italy has the best health service and the wealthy region in the country, the amount of people infected and dying was overwhelming, Italy is doing better.
LudicrousScotty101
poor Italy , i know small insignificant comment.
surendra padhy
surendra padhy Month ago
Please download EonNet Dabank
medina9996
medina9996 Month ago
Brewer's yeast is missing!
Pochely:
Pochely: Month ago
Too much instrumentals
anshulpwrr07
anshulpwrr07 Month ago
Italy suffered from ' its my life ' syndrome
sidgdansk
sidgdansk Month ago
I don't think the wealthy are suffering. they have everything to keep them satisfied; for now ☠️
bilinas mini
bilinas mini Month ago
🔥 🥇🥇🥇trending🥇🥇🥇 1:19 💛 👇 👇 👇💝
John Kean
John Kean 2 months ago
What virus nobody got it here in North Cyprus - they're desperate to find one cos they take temperatures before u enter supermarkets. None of my group of friends in London know anyone who has it either BUT they all know a friend of a friend's uncle's neighbour's cat might have caught one but it toyed with it then just left it outside came in and ate its dinner, licked its lips and went to bed. So, please, if anyone can find one can you let me know?
mixio hili
mixio hili Month ago
Fantastic video, really :D
Laura B
Laura B 2 months ago
Mother Nature is simply striking back, it seems, after all the bad stuff that was done to her...sad to think so. I wish natural selection only hit the criminals!
mixio hili
mixio hili Month ago
🔥 🥇🥇🥇trending🥇🥇🥇 1:19 💛 👇 👇 👇💝
Laura B
Laura B 2 months ago
and the USA is the second country with the highest number of deaths, not Italy. patient 0 was found in Germany!!!
alida flus
alida flus 2 months ago
Well its good for climate change. Find out if Greta is happy now
Kemal Can
Kemal Can 2 months ago
excluding the doctors, you only show all the people who have good financial condition. Useless to watch except for what the doctors say
alida flus
alida flus 2 months ago
It's not about the money, it's about a person's behaviour towards others that should be judged.
Youssef Elgriri
Youssef Elgriri 2 months ago
i like your videos a lot greetings from amsterdam
TD B
TD B 5 days ago
Australian documentaries and journalism seems to be a lot better than what is produced in the other big English speaking nations.
bilinas mini
bilinas mini Month ago
human to human. They need to pay a big price.
OurGreedyCorruptGovt
People are finally waking up to realize their govt. is the terrorist who continually terrorizes them with false flags, hoaxes, fake stories and fake viruses. Don't get me wrong, they have and will kill their own populations...5G could be their ticket.
alida flus
alida flus 2 months ago
"We are at home but we cant be too close to eachother" while sitting SIDE BY SIDE. wtf
bilinas mini
bilinas mini 2 months ago
The numbers have gone down for two days in Italia. You will beat this. Only the best.
SARA
SARA 2 months ago
Good chance for the rich countries to get rid of the old who drain tax money
alida flus
alida flus 2 months ago
The numbers have gone down for two days in Italia. You will beat this. Only the best.
driver tour guide
driver tour guide 2 months ago
You want to recover from this plague, give alms without anyone knowing, please alms to BCA account number 1970599521
bilinas mini
bilinas mini 2 months ago
Only rich people were included in this documentary lol
nae nae
nae nae 2 months ago
what are they even gonna do with too much toilet paper lol Even alcohol .. Its better to wash your hands leave it to people who needs it more
Emon Emongoc
Emon Emongoc 2 months ago
thats not an italian problem here the supermarkets are all out of flour bakingsoda
Death Become You
Death Become You 2 months ago
Good Guitar Player (Mr Zoppi)
xoobo vola
xoobo vola 2 months ago
Forza Italia! 🇮🇹
Death Become You
Death Become You 2 months ago
Remember kiss a Chinese person week
단골이슈
단골이슈 2 months ago
shout out to all the health workers around the world, YOU ARE HEROES!
Dept246
Dept246 2 months ago
Ironic that a Italian doctor in early January became concerned about flights from China but was dismissed by authorities saying the risk is low.
ZAREL ACARVIA
ZAREL ACARVIA 2 months ago
🧡
mixio hili
mixio hili 2 months ago
China is responsible for all the damages,anyway they will run from take this accountability!
Kief Chris
Kief Chris 2 months ago
China lied and people died. It's why every country was unprepared. And the world health organization was shilling for china, saying that the virus was not transmittable from human to human. They need to pay a big price.
Jack Duncan
Jack Duncan 2 months ago
🔥 🥇🥇🥇trending🥇🥇🥇 1:19 💛 👇 👇 👇💝
bilinas mini
bilinas mini 2 months ago
I’m Italian and i live in California,I want to thanks all doctor and everyone working in the hospital saving life,don’t give up whit out a fight, I pray for all of you god bless Italian 👍🏻
Lorenzo
Lorenzo 2 months ago
Fantastic video, really :D
TD B
TD B 5 days ago
Italy has always been one of Australia's favourite countries. After World War 2, millions of immigrants arrived in Australia from Italy and introduced us to real coffee and great food. Everyone here (including anglo-saxons like me) really love the Italians for helping us build Australia.
Lorenzo
Lorenzo 2 months ago
@bilinas mini yes, lets hope There will be something left after this emergency... italian economy isn't in good shape right now
bilinas mini
bilinas mini 2 months ago
The numbers have gone down for two days in Italia. You will beat this. Only the best.
Joe Scerri
Joe Scerri 2 months ago
It's not about the money, it's about a person's behaviour towards others that should be judged.
John Smith
John Smith 2 months ago
Well its good for climate change. Find out if Greta is happy now
p 4
p 4 2 months ago
Just stay at home everyone.
arthur Me
arthur Me 2 months ago
Try copper liver has copper in it
Ellie
Ellie 2 months ago
Only rich people were included in this documentary lol
bilishu aliss
bilishu aliss 2 months ago
The numbers have gone down for two days in Italia. You will beat this. Only the best.
Russe
Russe 2 months ago
Maybe they shouldnt have hugged those chinese fellows
C Marq
C Marq 2 months ago
Forza Italia! 🇮🇹
bilishu aliss
bilishu aliss 2 months ago
People die everyday. Get used to it
Ghostwriter
Ghostwriter 2 months ago
La soluzione è semplice: stiamocene tutti a casa anche dopo che ci dicono di tornare alla normalità. Imagine all the people...
الورده الذابله
Just believe in Allah and His Messenger, and you will inevitably change. Do you know why Muslims suffer a little and died too because they do not eat pork and do not drink alcohol while they are in good health while worshiping God alone without a partner. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return. Larger. I understand my words well, God is Forgiving, Merciful. Your sins will only be forgiven. Fear God, who created you. This is my message to you from Iraq. I wish you a speedy recovery, God willing.
Nino Monaco
Nino Monaco 2 months ago
They got it wrong from the very first line. It is not Ground Zero
Rania Segakis
Rania Segakis 2 months ago
Beautiful people it breaks my heart
mar bo
mar bo 2 months ago
I am really surprised that Chinas Embassies aren't burning worldwide.
Thinakaran K
Thinakaran K 2 months ago
China is responsible for all the damages,anyway they will run from take this accountability!
xoobo vola
xoobo vola 2 months ago
The numbers have gone down for two days in Italia. You will beat this. Only the best.
Vittorio Esposito
Vittorio Esposito 2 months ago
I’m Italian and i live in California,I want to thanks all doctor and everyone working in the hospital saving life,don’t give up whit out a fight, I pray for all of you god bless Italian 👍🏻
xoobo vola
xoobo vola 2 months ago
O Vírus veio do espaço sim em cometas a muitos anos, eles ficaram instalados no nosso planeta e despertaram agora, porém nada foi feito desde Dezembro do ano
Alex T
Alex T 2 months ago
11:37 , look at that statement. "I hope I'm wrong"?
TD Sports Cards
TD Sports Cards 2 months ago
This came out on February 29 roughly...it said 19 doctors have died...it is April 1st and 51 doctors have died as of 2 days ago...very sad
Erick Alexander
Erick Alexander 2 months ago
1:00 When you hear about the numbers they're just numbers, but seeing them ike this, how it looks like, it's heartbreaking.
Yuvan Baldwine W
Yuvan Baldwine W 2 months ago
Sad to see all this job loss. Im in USA unfortunately it's the same here. I hope everyone is doing well . eating well trying to stay fit I'm doing a 100 push up challenge each day. Stay safe love your family during this time. Oh this has caused the air quality hopefully in the world. Enjoy the night sky.
jardinero de jesus
jardinero de jesus 2 months ago
"Aunque caigan mil a tu lado, aunque mueran diez mil a tu alrededor, esos males no te tocarán" (Salmo 9 1:7 ). amen jesus
Humanimal
Humanimal 2 months ago
Stupid music. Fake
Thom Dean
Thom Dean 2 months ago
People die everyday. Get used to it
elba kaepsnu
elba kaepsnu 2 months ago
at least they are starting to wear a mask. i wonder when the rest of the western world will start wearing mask
Angel Wings
Angel Wings 2 months ago
im in wisconsin usa im scared no one is listening my work is already calling people back to work i dont understand how a factory is that important to need to be operating..people go to work there sick all the time so i did not volenteer and stayed home..trying hard to keep my kid in her studies for online schooling but with not much communication with the teacher its hard to keep her going...the lines for the food stores are dangerously to close so i wont go any more. if i see to many not social distancing i wont leave my house i do not understand why our government is not waking up and realizing there needs to be harder and stricter rules in place a self quarentine is not honored by enough people. i was afraid for my safety just shopping i asked for my 6ft and they laughed at me? what can we do our government dose not hear from people like me?
Aakash Taware
Aakash Taware 2 months ago
😣😣😣
Jordan Jenkins
Jordan Jenkins 2 months ago
🔥🔥🔥 🥇🥇🥇trending🥇🥇🥇 1:38 🔥💃💖 👇👇❤
Simona Valenti
Simona Valenti 2 months ago
Very wrong information here. Dr Burioni (if we can call him 'doctor') actually said THE VIRUS CAN'T REACH ITALY, WE ARE SAFE, WE ARE GOOD, WE ARE TAKING PRECAUTIONS. He said this on public TV and the web is full of videos about that. He's just an imposter, also trying to censor anyone who says things he does not agree with. (PS I'm Italian and I've heard his words, as everyone in Italy)
laxmikanth y Koluragi
is that surgeon really a doctor.if his wife touches any object that was touched by him or touches sofa where he sat she might get corona, it should be complete quarantined self isolation.
Its MiD
Its MiD 2 months ago
17:22 - too long? How can they wait too long when they didn't even know it was going to happen. Had China been more forthcoming with information (information that they were only just learning themselves) and if Italy received information but didnt act on it, then yes. Every one of these news stations are not helping at all with the false and/or unproven claims about both this virus and the disease it causes. And my real issue is ive not heard one news station say the words "what we told you about (and this is a random example with random numbers) the SARS-CoV-2 virion surviving outside the body for up to 72 hours was/is inaccurate. We have now seen the same virion survive for up to 28days. Please know that previous info is wrong." We need accurate information about this pandemic, yet it is very hard to know who to believe. Stay safe everyone, ring your loved ones tonight and tell them how much you love them because you will not be able to talk if (touch wood) they need hospital treatment. God bless the care givers, Doctors, nurses, and others in the health care industry. Also all our firemen, our shop workers and our truckers. God bless you all.
Blue Bell
Blue Bell 2 months ago
JUST STAY AT HOME!!! Just go out to get food /essentials,Meds etc ONLY.
A R
A R 2 months ago
Ah that dancing at the end ♥️😥
ProgeneProgene Progene
O Vírus veio do espaço sim em cometas a muitos anos, eles ficaram instalados no nosso planeta e despertaram agora, porém nada foi feito desde Dezembro do ano passado isso estava acontecendo e agora que muitos estão contaminados é que estão tomando a iniciativa de isolamento da população ...
Ishita Chatterjee
Ishita Chatterjee 2 months ago
Lockdown & Shutdown, but for how long is the big question for this World. Also many places people talking about herd immunity, really wonder whether it will happen or not...& What if herd immunity is not the reality, i.e. in this case covid-19.
neejoy sola
neejoy sola 2 months ago
Siate coraggiosi i miei fratelli italiani, andrà a sconfiggere il virus. Resistere fermamente! Il virus cinese è pericoloso. Dio vi benedica tutti. Abbracci dalla Spagna.
Bendanglila Aier
Bendanglila Aier 2 months ago
Hopeless .don't try to mint money when people are crying.
neejoy sola
neejoy sola 2 months ago
If china didn’t had wet markets there wouldn’t be so many deaths. I blame china for every death in this world!
Scubaknight
Scubaknight 2 months ago
anglo saxon thing for TP's sheesh wash you dam hands no wonder people get infected there like crazy
Muhammad Syofyan
Muhammad Syofyan 2 months ago
china virus
Son Am
Son Am 2 months ago
God bless itlay.....and the world.
PaleMoonlightt
PaleMoonlightt 2 months ago
this guy 6 days still in quarantine Prince Charles out and about after 1 week????????????????????????????????????
Lhdf Jqck
Lhdf Jqck 2 months ago
Why don't you talk about state dictatorship now? Western media is so disgusting and biased. No wonder you guys are called fake news in your own country.
Tommy Sands
Tommy Sands 2 months ago
when is stupid europe finally going to ban all flights in and out of china.
Scio te diligam te et liber fieri
Why the pathetic music! This is like some Hollywood created movie. Feels and looks contrived.
T Lima
T Lima 2 months ago
..Covid, wonder about cyber problem instead of direct genetic.
Zoe V
Zoe V 2 months ago
The little girls at the end were so adorable. How precious it is to be so innocent and free of the world's troubles. Sometimes I yearn for that time. Peace and God bless everyone!
Kainat E
Kainat E 2 months ago
Sorry but the content is not representative.... so bye
b k
b k 2 months ago
learn from S. Korea, copy their testing and quarantine measures.
b k
b k 2 months ago
lack of proper testing and quarantine is the cause of the spread in Italy.
alisuo toko
alisuo toko 2 months ago
How about showing the families with little money and cramped living conditions - I could relate to that! Or those with no official status who are stuck in limbo. Then you have th
pete5668
pete5668 2 months ago
I noticed the surgeon's wife's name was Enza. I had a little bird, it's name was Enza I opened up the window and in flew Enza. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
samiul islam
samiul islam 2 months ago
Allah please help spain and Italy...........from dhaka bangladesh
Halima
Halima 2 months ago
If china didn’t had wet markets there wouldn’t be so many deaths. I blame china for every death in this world!
Gaia Verita
Gaia Verita 2 months ago
Siate coraggiosi i miei fratelli italiani, andrà a sconfiggere il virus. Resistere fermamente! Il virus cinese è pericoloso. Dio vi benedica tutti. Abbracci dalla Spagna.
Kopie
Kopie 2 months ago
Zinc and COQ10 prevents Corona virus from multiplying in the body, vitamin c and d helps too.
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