“We have plane tickets for months, what do we do now? Are we going to lose the money? “: So they tried to justify two young people, aged 20 and 25, who tried to violate the mandatory quarantine imposed from the Government of Italy in the northern region of Lombardy and in 14 other nearby provinces, at least until April 3, to try to stop the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus that, to date, has left more than 350 dead and 7,300 infected in the country. As reported by the agency Italian news ANSA, the two young people, both students from Parma, were arrested Monday morning by the ‘carabinieri’ in the city of Bologna.
The couple of friends He drove from Parma, one of the five provinces of Emilia-Romagna, the second region most affected by the coronavirus (with more than 1,100 infected), with the aim of arriving at the Guglielmo Marconi Airport, in the city of Bologna. Many airlines have been suspending its air connections between different points of Europe and the north of Italy, the most worrying focus of the European Union; Among those flights, many come from Bologna or have their origin in this city. The flight they were going to take, bound for Madrid, It was leaving at 7:00 on Monday morning.
The two students were arrested by the Carabinieri about 4:00 in the morning. The authorities reproached them for violating the quarantine and were forced to return to their province. In this case, the authorities can resort to Article 650 of the Criminal Code, Article mentioned in the decree-law dated February 23, 2020 on urgent measures for the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency caused by Covid-19. This article, entitled ‘Non-compliance with the provisions of the authority’ provides punishment to all those who violate legal provisions imposed for reasons of “justice, public safety, public order or hygiene” ranging from economic sanctions (206 euros) to three months in prison.