Coronavirus is said to be biting hard in Italy as additional 5,800 people have been diagnosed with the virus in the past two weeks and has killed 233 people.
Italy’s Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Sunday demanded an immediate suspension of the Serie A season due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) should consider immediately STOPPING Serie A,” Spadafora wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.
“It makes no sense right now, as we ask citizens to make enormous sacrifices to prevent the spread of the virus, to endanger the lives of players, referees, coaching staff and fans who will surely gather to watch the matches, by not temporarily suspending football,” he said.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 16 million people have been quarantined, in a bid to stop the spread of virus.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday restricted the movement of 16 million people in the country including the Lombardy region and at least 14 provinces in neighboring regions.
The Prime Minister also issued directive that schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country will remain shut.
“For Lombardy and for the other northern provinces that I have listed, there will be a ban for everybody to move in and out of these territories and also within the same territory,” Conte said. “Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues.”
“We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.”
“We are facing an emergency, a national emergency. We have to limit the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”
The measures will last until the 3rd of April 2020.