Italian Politician Warns He'll Bring In Police With Flamethrowers For People Who Break Quarantine
Italy has overtaken China in the number of people dead from the coronavirus with a little more than 6,000 dead.
Despite the whole country going into lockdown, mayors and leaders are still having to call on people not to break the law and some are showing how serious they are.
In an address to his people, president of the Campania region Vincenzo De Luca said he was prepared to up the ante to get people to stay indoors.
"I stopped him and said, 'Look, this isn't a movie. You are not Will Smith in I Am Legend. Go home."- :rainbow: (@protectheflames) March 22, 2020
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"I'm getting news that some would like to throw graduation parties. We will send over the police. With flamethrowers," he said.
That would certainly be an escalation of force to ensure people stay inside their homes unless it's for something absolutely necessary.
But President de Luca wasn't the only leader who was expressing their dismay at some people's attitudes in Italy.
A compilation video has been posted on Twitter and has amassed millions of views in just a few days.
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Major of Lucera, Antonio Tutolo, issued an impassioned plea for anyone wanting to keep up normal things like getting their hair done during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Getting in mobile hairdressers, what the f*** is that for?" he asked. "Do you understand the casket will be closed? Who the f*** is supposed to even see you with your hair all done in the casket?"
Cateno De Luca, mayor of Messina, added in his own Facebook video: "You will not 'stroll' in my town. I can't formally ban you from leaving your house?
"I will ban you from setting foot on public soil unless for proven necessities."
Mayor of Reggio Calabria Giuseppe Falcomatà said: "This isn't a movie. You are not Will Smith in I Am Legend. You have to go home."
Italy has been on lockdown for two weeks after the number of cases started to skyrocket, particularly in the country's north.
People are allowed to leave for essential services like a doctor's visit or to get groceries but public socialising has been banned.
Health authorities in the country are hoping that the tide will turn over the next fortnight, however an increasing number of healthcare workers have started becoming sick.
More than a quarter of doctors at Italy's Oglio Po hospital have been struck down with Covid-19; while a fifth of all staff at the same facility have tested positive.
But if people continue to practice self-isolation then hopefully the rate of new infections will drop.
Featured Image Credit: Vincenzo De Luca/Facebook