As the days go by, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, we plan and stay active for when we will start again…to see our lovely people in the streets enjoying la dolce vita; and for our lovely visitors, Italy travelers such as yourself, to come back and enjoy la dolce vita with us through your Naples city visits, personalized Campania tours, Italy culinary experiences, and other such travel activities when visiting la bella Italia.
If the concern for COVID-19, up to a couple weeks ago, was only in Italy, now the record for number of coronavirus cases is seen across the globe. It has become a global situation that all countries are actively looking to contain and bring to safety levels (the spread of COVID-19) for the health of all citizens and a hopeful soon to be restoration to every-day life.
- For numbers and facts around the world, you can visit the World Health Organization website here: https://www.who.int
- For Italy’s COVID-19 situation you can visit the Ministero della Salute (Ministry of Health) website: http://www.salute.gov.it/portale/home.html
- And with this link, you see the map that is updated regularly, with every region across Italy and the status of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases: http://opendatadpc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/b0c68bce2cce478eaac82fe38d4138b1
You’ll find that in Italy the region with the highest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases remains Lombardy (which makes sense when we look at the path COVID-19 took within the country). It is followed by other northern regions, in high number of COVID-19 cases, such as Emilia-Romagna (where you find Bologna), Piedmont, and Veneto (where you find Venice). Here in the south the numbers are a much less, with Campania being second in numbers of COVID-19 cases to Lazio (where you find Rome). Followed by Apulia and Sicily as also having low, but higher number of COVID-19 cases than other southern Italy regions.
Campania’s governor’s orders and restrictions are to stay home until April 14, 2020. And on this note, a study released the other day predicts a full recovery of COVID-19 (meaning expected date for zero contagions) in Campania to be April 20, 2020.
The study is by the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (Eief) and conducted by Franco Peracchi, professor at Georgetown University and University of Rome Tor Vergata. Here are the links to two articles that talk about the study in detail (in Italian though, so use Google Translator or if we find an English version we’ll update the blog post) and show what the estimated recovery is for all other regions in Italy as well.
- Emergenza Coronavirus, lo studio: “Campania fuori dal tunnel il 20 aprile”: http://www.napolitoday.it/cronaca/coronavirus-campania-data-fine-emergenza.html
- Coronavirus, le previsioni: quando si azzereranno i contagi regione per regione: http://www.today.it/attualita/coronavirus-quando-finira.html
The rest of Italy is also in lockdown until April 14,2020. However, each region can change this, and will do so according to how the COVID-19 contagion situation evolves. For those who must travel in Italy, those who are returning home, and anything essential; there are measures in place to avoid COVID-19 spread (one such measure is obligatory 14-day self-quarantine, which other countries are also doing).
Online there continue to be many activities and messaging to support the Italian people and help them while they stay home.
The “Io resto a casa” (#iorestoacasa) slogan, for example, is one that is being used by singers, actors, comedians, artists, professionals, all public figures and the Italian people to spread the word on acting responsibly to help Italy as it fights the COVID-19 pandemic to restore health across the country and protect those who are in the field and at risk every day (the essential workers and our health provider professionals, from doctors to nurses and hospital staff).
To uplift people’s spirits there are tons of jokes and ironic songs being shared on social media, such as these particular videos by Arturo Salomone on his Facebook page:
And just last Sunday, in an effort to continue sharing Italy’s amazing museums and galleries with the world, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (their Facebook page: MiBACT) turned to social media asking those who wished to participate to share photos taken in museums, archaeological parks, theaters, exhibitions, libraries and archives (here’s the article to read about the initiative: https://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Comunicati/visualizza_asset.html_1421405590.html). They are also actively sharing videos on their YouTube channel with the hashtag #iorestoacasa: https://www.youtube.com/MiBACT/
Meanwhile, vacation and summer time are only months away; and we can only hope for things to get better and prepare for when the day to start again will arrive, because it will arrive, and when it does we must be ready to welcome you again with tours and things to do in Naples, Campania, in bella Italia, To START AGAIN ?