An earthquake shook Italy and sent residents out their homes and into their streets amid the country’s desperate fight against the deadly coronavirus.
The 2.6 magnitude earthquake struck about a mile north of Camaiore in Versilia, near the coast in the Tuscany region.
The Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology recorded that it happened at 2:14pm.
According to ANSA, its epicenter is at the Lucca province in Tuscany and has a depth of around five miles.
The locals reported to have clearly felt vibrations and rumbling from the ground, but there were no initial reports of damage.
The quake comes as Italy fights off the COVID-19 outbreak across the country.
Around 9,000 people is confirmed to have been infected by the virus, while at least 450 deaths have been confirmed as of Tuesday.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced an extraordinary measure on Monday, and that is to essentially quarantine the entire country.
Travelling between regions and inside has been banned unless it is necessary for work, health, and other important reasons.
“Italians’ “habits must be changed now,” he said, “We must all give up something for the good of Italy.”
He added, “We must do it immediately and we will only succeed if we will all work together and adapt to these stricter standards.”
Anyone who has fever was ordered to stay indoors except in emergencies.
The government began recalling retired doctors in an effort to quickly reinforce the current health service, and ethics rules force doctors to prioritize patients based on age and likelihood or survival.
Dr. Guido Giustetto, head of the association of doctors in northern Piedmont said, “It becomes dramatic if, rather than doing it under normal situations, they do it because the beds are so scarce that someone might not have access to medical care.”
“’It’s a reasoning that our colleagues make.”