January 2020. In the Chinese province of Wuhan, a different virus is first discovered to cause bad cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The virus belongs to a new corona type, whose human immunity system isn’t prepared for. Only two months later: in March 2020, the World Health Organization declares a Global Pandemic state.
The city of Milan, Italy, it’s the most affected city outside China, as the plague expands fast to the rest of Europe, the Americas, and Africa. While the Chinese government locks down the whole province of Wuhan, a few weeks later Italian Prime minister of Italy forces social distance and preventive quarantine for every citizen. It is the first western head of state to make use of restrictions on personal freedom, which become even tighter by the middle of March 2020 when Italy introduces total shut-down inside the national border, soon followed by other countries: Germany, Spain, United States first.
Milan, 22 March 2020