Coronavirus pandemic in Italy

Shortlist 2020

Alessio Paduano

Alessio Paduano born and currently based in Naples, Italy. In 2009, he graduated the Universita' Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II majoring in Sociology. In 2010 Alessio started the MA in photojournalism at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli and successfully graduated with honours. Paduano is regularly being published in the National and International media such as La Stampa, Internazionale, CNN, Time, Le Monde, The Guardian, Newsweek and others.

The Problem

Coronavirus pandemic in Italy

The 21 of February 2020 is an essential date in the new history of Italy tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several cases of coronavirus emerged in the Lodi province of Lombardy region. Surprisingly, these cases didn't have any evident connection to the outbreak in China where it all started. The virus has spread across the country, especially in Northern Italy.

The infection advanced quickly – the government decided to isolate not only the most affected Lombardy region but another 14 provinces. These areas became the "red zone".

This measure was extended to the whole country by the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. During his speech to the nation, Conte declared that the entire Italian territory was a "protected" area from now on.

On the 11 of March, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of the World Health Organization), announced during the Geneva briefing on the coronavirus epidemic, that Covid-19 could be characterized as a pandemic.