Residents stockpiled grocercies ahead of a government-imposed quarantine to contain the spread of Covid-19, or the coronavirus, Euro News reported.
Over 150 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and three deaths have been recorded in Italy as the country stepped up efforts to contain the spread, local media reported.
Italy has imposed strict quarantine restrictions in two northern regions close to Milan and Venice.
Angelo Borrelli, the head of the country’s civil protection service, said on February 23 that “patient zero” had not yet been identified. He said the Italian army was making emergency beds available and 500 police officers were being deployed to guard quarantined areas.
In this video, rows of empty grocery store shelves in Milan can be seen on February 23. Credit: @barny_milano via Storyful