Italy May Charge You with Murder for Spreading Coronavirus
Written by Luis Miguel
Italian officials have continued their strict measures to control the coronavirus outbreak in their country, warning citizens that they could face murder charges if they fatally spread the illness to another person after showing signs and refusing to self-quarantine.
Italians must self-isolate if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough and fever, or else face the possibility of prosecution for causing injury.
Should an elderly or at-risk person get infected and die due to a person’s refusal to undergo quarantine, the offending party opens himself up to charges of intentional murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 21 years in prison.
The penalty may also be applied in the case of those who continue to attend social events after learning they came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.
Anyone who lies to authorities about having to travel amid the countrywide shutdown may face a prison term of one to six years. Those who break travel restrictions, which involves filling out a government form asking permission to leave one’s home, could be slapped with three months behind bars and a €206 fine.
Criminal charges for spreading coronavirus will follow principles similar to the knowing diffusion of HIV.
Italy has been the European nation hardest-hit by coronavirus, with over 15,000 confirmed cases and over 1,000 deaths.
The country’s government has taken tough measures to contain the spread, closing all stores, schools, nightclubs, museums, swimming pools, and other public spaces. Only food stores and pharmacies remain open.
The shutdown is expected to last until March 25. In a televised address to the nation last Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that the “effects of those measures will be seen in a couple of weeks, so cases can still increase in coming days.”
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is currently in Italy, has called on the American government to act decisively to stop coronavirus’ spread.
The outbreak has taxed Italy’s healthcare system, provoking a rationing of care, with an emphasis on treating the younger rather than the elderly.
“If someone between 80 and 95 has serious breathing difficulties, you probably don’t proceed,” a local anesthesiologist told The Times.
Infection and death numbers have varied significantly among European nations. France and Germany have more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases each. France’s death toll is more than 30, while Germany has seen only three deaths.
One factor affecting a country’s percentage death rate is the number of people tested. Because approximately 80 percent of those who contract the virus only get mild symptoms, and coronavirus causes similar symptoms to the flu and cold (it belongs to the same family), many cases are misdiagnosed.
As a result, often, only those who end up seriously ill are tested, which skews the numbers toward a high death rate. In countries that have a more widespread testing system, the death rate tends to be lower.
Coronavirus appears to most severely affect those who are elderly and whose immune systems are compromised due to preexisting conditions. As France’s The Local notes, Italy’s “average age of those who have died is 81 and in more than two thirds of cases patients had three or more pre-existing medical conditions.”
Moreover, “EU statistics show Italy has the oldest population in Europe by almost any count. It has the lowest percentage of young people, and a higher percentage of those aged over 65 (22.6 percent as of 2018) than any of the other member EU states.”
The healthy, particularly the young, are at lower risk from coronavirus. In China, where the virus was first reported and which has been the most affected so far, no children under age nine have died from the infection. Developed nations such as the U.S. have seen no deaths of minors.
A Scottish man in his 50s who described himself as in good health recounted his experience contracting coronavirus to the BBC.
The man, who became infected while on a trip to Italy, said the illness was “short-lived and you can recover from it fully. That’s how people should be viewing this.”
I felt no symptoms. I was completely fine and went to work on the Wednesday and Thursday. Later on the Thursday evening, I started to feel a bit of a flu coming on. I had a mild fever, I felt shivery but the biggest symptom was aches and pains, particularly in my legs.
I was feverish — that continued through Thursday night and I didn’t sleep too well.
The man explained that he followed government guidelines and reported to a hospital for testing.
That was returned as a positive test on the Sunday evening (1 March) and I was hospitalised. From that point on I was subject to daily blood tests and throat and nose swabs. …
By the time I went to hospital, I was feeling fine. The mild flu symptoms quickly dissipated, I had no leg pain, no fever, no cough and no shortness of breath.
He explained that his symptoms “seemed to have gone within three or four days,” and concluded:
“The vast majority of the population will experience what I have experienced…. For many, it is nothing more than a bad cold, really.”
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American