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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 03:26 PM

In drastic step, Italy shuts most factories to halt virus

Source: AP

By COLLEEN BARRY

Soave, Italy (AP) — Italy has become the first western developed nation to idle most of its industry to halt the spread of the coronavirus, in a potential cautionary tale for other governments, such as the Trump administration, that are resisting such drastic measures.

After more than two weeks of a nationwide lockdown, the Italian government decided to expand the mandatory closure of nonessential commercial activities to heavy industry in the eurozone’s third-largest economy, a major exporter of machinery, textiles and other goods.

The move by Italy, which is leading the globe in virus deaths, is more in line with draconian measures taken by China than with declarations coming out of other democratic partners, who are at least a week or two behind Italy’s rate of virus infections.

The industrial closures put in stark contrast concerns over protecting lives in a country with an especially vulnerable aging population against fears of hurting an economy that already was on the brink of recession.



FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 file photo, a technician works at the Ferrari department factory in Maranello, Italy. The eurozone's third-largest economy and a major exporter, Italy on Wednesday becomes the first western industrialized nation to idle swaths of industrial production to stop the spread of coronavirus by keeping yet more of the population at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini, File)


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Omaha Steve Mar 26 OP
enough Mar 26 #1

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 04:34 PM

1. A lot of industries have been shut down in PA for a week,

including auto manufacturing and textile mills.

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