Italian police try to sunbathe on deserted beach, fined for breaking lock rules

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Italian police shared a video online Tuesday in which they are seen using drones to track down a man lying alone on a beach, before fining him.

Police can be seen piloting a drone to inspect the beach from above before finding the unconscious bather, then closing it by driving quads.

As the police approach, the man sits on his deckchair, visibly surprised to see two well-equipped police officers standing over him.

Meanwhile, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed on Tuesday that the country would lift certain blocking measures on May 4, but that it would be done on a regional basis.

Italian police are seen in a video shared by local police in Rimini patrolling the beach in a car and on quads, using drones from above to inspect the area for quarantine violators

Italian police are seen in a video shared by local police in Rimini patrolling the beach in a car and on quads, using drones from above to inspect the area for quarantine violators

The video was taken in Rimini in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna on the east coast. It is one of the most famous seaside resorts in the country and has around 15 kilometers of beaches.

Shared by the city’s public relations office, it aimed to demonstrate how the police enforced lockdown rules nationwide and covered large areas like parks and beaches with drones and all-terrain vehicles. ground.

However, the video and photos had the unintended effect of provoking a violent reaction against the heaviness of the police.

The comments below the images indicated that the police were going too far and that the man was already social distancing before the police surrounded him.

A comment said “this is not necessary” with another person wrote “you are dictators”. Another speaker noted the bather for giving a good example of “social distancing”. Some people online have even turned one of the images into a meme.

The man was spotted by the drone alone on the 15 km range on the east coast of Italy. Moments later, the quad police set up to surround the bather

The man was spotted by the drone alone on the 15 km range on the east coast of Italy. A few moments later, the quad police set up to surround the bather

Drones allow police to cover larger areas, such as parks and beaches, when they patrol to find people who break lock rules. However, they have been criticized for their approach.

Drones allow police to cover larger areas, such as parks and beaches, when they patrol to find people who break lock rules. However, they have been criticized for their approach.

According to the Italian Interior Ministry, 17,500 people were reported this weekend for failing to comply with social distancing measures in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

On Sunday alone, 8,641 people were punished for illegitimate travel, 74 for false declarations and nine for violation of quarantine.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed on Tuesday that the country would start reopening on May 4, but the government will not lift all measures in place.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wrote on Facebook that the government was seeking to live some of the restrictions against coronaviruses in the country on May 4.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wrote on Facebook that the government was seeking to live some of the restrictions against coronaviruses in the country on May 4.

The country has been subjected to some of the most stringent foreclosure measures among western democracies since the national quarantine was imposed by Conte on March 9, restricting everything except necessary movement. At this point, some regions were already under quarantine.

“Many citizens are tired of the efforts that have been made so far and would like to see a significant relaxation of these measures, or even their total elimination,” Conte said in a Facebook post.

“I wish I could say, let’s open everything. Immediately, ”wrote Conte. “But such a decision would be irresponsible. This would uncontrollably increase the contagion curve and jeopardize all the efforts we have made so far. “

He said by the end of the week he would reveal what the country will do to ease restrictions, reopen the economy and end the coronavirus crisis, but also said they would take into account different circumstances. regional.

“We have to reopen on the basis of a policy that takes into account all the details and intersects all the data. A serious, scientific policy, ”wrote Conte.

“A reasonable expectation is that we will apply it from May 4. “

Northern Italy, the region hardest hit by the virus and the country’s economic engine, is struggling to restart the industry after a non-essential manufacturing shutdown on March 26.

Some in the poorer south of Italy said it was unfair that they were subject to the same lock-in conditions as the north, despite fewer cases of coronavirus and lower population density in many regions.

The 60 million citizens of the Mediterranean country have been prevented from walking more than 200 meters (650 feet) from their homes for no significant reason.

Italy has been under national government for quarantine since March 9, all its movements and activities being prohibited to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Italy has been under national government for quarantine since March 9, all its movements and activities are prohibited to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

In recent days, some companies have already received permission to reopen with a greatly reduced workforce.

Outlining the challenges ahead, Conte cited how, by allowing companies to reopen as part of “phase 2”, managers should consider how workers would get to and from work to avoid congestion that could risk a second wave of infections.

Earlier this month, Conte asked a task force, made up of economists, lawyers, sociologists and other experts, to study the post-foreclosure measures necessary to jumpstart the economy while protecting workers’ health.

Italy reported on Monday its first decline in the number of people currently suffering from the virus since the registration of its first infection in February.

Since then, Italy has become the epicenter of the virus in Europe. He has seen a total of 181,228 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and the official death toll is 24,114 – second only in the United States.

Italy saw only 2,256 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, April 20 - their lowest level in more than a month, the total number of infected people having dropped for the first time since the start of the pandemic

Italy saw only 2,256 new cases of coronavirus on Monday April 20 – their lowest level in more than a month, the total number of infected people having dropped for the first time since the start of the pandemic

Italy saw a slight increase in the number of new deaths recorded yesterday, with 454. The official number of deaths in Italy is 24,114, second after the United States.

Italy saw a slight increase in the number of new deaths recorded yesterday, with 454. The official death toll in Italy is 24,114, second after the United States.

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