The Italian region of Lombardy (north), the one most affected by the coronavirus, which in Italy has already caused at least 15,000 deaths, will fine this Sunday with 400 euros for all citizens who take to the streets without masks or, failing that. , with scarves covering their mouth and nose.
It is a regional ordinance approved by the President of Lombardy, Attilio Fontana, which seeks to contain the spread of the virus, which in this region has caused more than 49,000 infections and 8,600 deaths.
“Masks solve the problem 100%, scarves 30-40%, but that is better than nothing,” Fontana explained in statements to the Italian radio station Radio Padania.
The obligation will remain in force for the time being until April 13, the date until which the national confinement approved by the Government is maintained.
This initiative has generated controversy in the country, where the political and health authorities do not agree on the advisability or not of wearing masks outside the home.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned last March that the use of masks could give a false sense of security to those who wear them and forget to take other precautions.
The head of the Italian Civil Protection, Angelo Borrelli, said on Saturday that he advises the mask to those who cannot respect the meter and a half of security, but clarified that he does not use it because he prefers to keep the recommended distance with other people.
This has led the mayor of Milan, the capital of Lombardy, Giuseppe Sala, to acknowledge in a video on social media that Lombardy’s decision “is a bit confusing”, when Civil Protection does not recommend forcing wearing masks, but has underlined who will respect it.
In addition, he has observed that masks are missing in the country and has asked the competent health authorities to be concerned about supplying pharmacies and at the same time watching that they are not sold at exorbitant prices.
The Italian Government has extended national confinement until April 13 as a preventive measure, although it will foreseeably be extended until May, as Civil Protection has advised.