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A medical staffer looks out from an emergency medical tent in Brescia, northern Italy. A medical staffer looks out from an emergency medical tent in Brescia, northern Italy, March 12, 2020 (AP photo by Luca Bruno).

Why Italy’s South Holds the Key to Its Coronavirus Recovery

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

In early March, Lombardy, Italy’s most prosperous region, was fast becoming the epicenter of a global pandemic. As the number of coronavirus cases spiked above 7,000, with more than 350 deaths, the Italian government moved to quarantine the worst-affected towns in Lombardy and the rest of northern Italy, a move that was almost unthinkable at the time, with police setting up checkpoints to control traffic in and out.

Yet as the world focused on Italy’s north, Filippo Anelli, the president of the country’s national federation of doctors, saw another crisis coming. “If Lombardy has been brought to its knees,” he said, “imagine what would happen in the south.” ...

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