70k Filipinos in Italy Are Affected by the Massive Lockdown Over COVID-19
Almost 70k Filipinos in Italy are affected by the massive lockdown order by the government due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
An estimated 70,000 Filipinos are affected by the lockdown in four regions of Italy as a result of the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the report of GMA News, there are already 60,000 Filipinos currently staying in the Lombardi region.
Recently, the local government ordered a total lockdown to prevent the rapidly spreading of virus in some parts of Italy that have 60 million populations. Italy, as of now, recorded more than 6,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
Italy’s death toll jumped from 366 to 463 on Monday. In a report, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered the residents of Italy to stay at home to prevent the growth of infection and of deaths.
The Philippine Embassy in Rome and the Consulate General in Milan have confirmed to the Filipino community in Italy that they are monitoring the situation and that they are in contact with the authorities.
Some Filipinos in Italy have previously reported that their jobs or livelihoods were affected by the virus. Some Filipinos also experience discrimination because they were mistaken as Chinese people.
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