Italy's coronavirus shutdown

"It's a war without weapons." This is what living in an Italian town under lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic looks like. (via Brut News)

Life in Sacrofano: a city confined by the coronavirus

Raphaël Tresanini lives between Paris and the city of Sacrofano in Italy. For several days, he has been confined, like all the inhabitants of the city, to stop the progression of the COVID-19. This is what it looked like on his first day.

Empty streets and cafes

When Raphael returned to his regular bar, the first thing he noticed is that the waiters are wearing a mask and gloves … and that his newspaper hasn't arrived. "We no longer take it so that people come less, because of the COVID-19”, says one of the bartenders. "Everything changes! It's certain. We are at war… A war without arms," he continues. Then Raphaël went out into the street to go to work. But he hardly meets anyone, apart from two young girls by the side of the road. A little further, he took the opportunity to ask a policewoman how to proceed when he wanted to return to France. "You have to have proof to get out of Sacrofano", they answered him. "You need a medical reason, proof of outside work to leave town," said the officer. "And if I don't have these certificates, what happens to me?", inquired Raphaël. "We must report you to the authorities according to the penal code."

The realities of COVID-19

Then Raphael tried to go shopping. But once in the parking lot, he realized that dozens of people are lining up, while leaving at least a meter of distance between them. He waited for hours. The journalist then decided, rather than waiting, to go to the pharmacy to buy a mask in order to protect himself from COVID-19. He Couldn't find any. So he decided to make one himself, with the advice of the pharmacist. "You can try using pieces of fabric. There is someone who makes it in the village next door. They are not built like the FFP2, so you have to change them more often and disinfect frequently. It's a piece of fabric, two elastic bands." Finally, Raphaël returned home. He found his children there, who go to school at home. In Italy, all establishments are closed. On their computers, children hear the voice of the teacher who teaches them. “It's the end of this first day of confinement, we don't know how long this adventure will last, this adventure. It is worrying there. For the first time, there, I really realize that … it's for real."


03/14/2020 10:20 AM


  • Edward J.
    05/08/2020 15:21 Plz click like and share 🥰🙏🏼

  • Leslie W.
    05/05/2020 20:05

    China must pay for what they intentionally unleashed onto the world.

  • Quinton R.
    05/03/2020 10:15

    I think you need to learn what freedom means

  • Kimberly M.
    05/02/2020 19:47

    "A war with no weapons." That kinda says it all.

  • Christina C.
    04/22/2020 17:15

    Who'd have thought that this little island (Taiwan) so close to China that gets constantly threatened by China has escaped the war of the virus full-scale so far primarily because they never trusted the CCP...still vigilant...stay safe...

  • Jodie D.
    04/12/2020 01:36

    The cop wasnt wearing the mask properly

  • Andrea H.
    04/11/2020 05:08

    Stiamo in guerra sul divano, con pasti caldi, al caldo, con la tv, e un bel letto comodo😂

  • Pandu I.
    04/10/2020 09:07

    ..nih lihat cari2 masker aja gak ada disana.

  • Laipen .
    04/09/2020 16:22

    Italy....Be strong....

  • David D.
    04/07/2020 01:11

    Send the bill to China after all is said and done.

  • Hayden P.
    04/06/2020 10:17

    Your stupid mate can't keep ya distance bet you got no mask on or nothing

  • Durian G.
    04/05/2020 01:57

    This idiot gets in peoples faces constantly, touches his face and documents it all so that we can all know what NOT to do. 😛

  • Nisaa B.
    04/04/2020 00:10

  • Barry S.
    03/30/2020 14:34

    Imagine being In a lockdown and not being allowed to travel...🙄

  • Chris H.
    03/29/2020 00:35

    The polar opposite of how Italians usually queue 😂

  • Lian M.
    03/28/2020 19:18

    Stop touching your face!

  • Nicolas S.
    03/27/2020 04:49

    2 meters man. You can do it!

  • Catherine B.
    03/26/2020 21:42

    Ne pas se toucher le visage

  • Jamie H.
    03/25/2020 16:30

    this is what it could be like

  • Lisa M.
    03/24/2020 07:43

    Italy do it in stages for this reason it has been hit hard. Conplete lockdown is needed, only necessary work. I live in spain we r on 10th day of lockdown from day 1, only supermarkets, chemists, petrol stations and tabacs open..u must keep distance especially supermarket. Here u must use sanitiser they provide to clean trolley rail and they offer gloves. Security at the door control this and how many enter. I am masseuse so obviously cannot work, if u do work u must hav a paper to say so. Only 1 person per car unless u hv kids or hanicapped/elderly with u. U can take dog out to do necessary but not more. So currently I hv left my apt 1 time to visit supermarket thats it. Spain is handling it as well as it could, stay in please.

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