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Italians with coronavirus symptoms who refuse to isolate could face 21 years in prison for ‘malicious murder’

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Italians with coronavirus symptoms could face murder charges if they venture outside despite the quarantine and cause a patient’s death.Suspected virus patients have been ordered to stay indoors with a penalty of 206 euros (£182) over their heads – but they could face far graver charges if they infect someone on their travels.

The most severe charge of ‘malicious murder’ could lead to a prison sentence as long as 21 years, according to Italian media, while virus spreaders could still be charged with misconduct even if no-one is killed.

‘If I am infected, I know I am, and I look for contact with other people regardless of the possibility of transmitting the infection, then the crime of injury occurs,’ lawyer Franco Coppi told the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

It came as Italy shut down all shops except for pharmacies and food stores today as the country entered day three of its unprecedented nationwide lockdown.

Prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest wave of restrictions in a prime-time address last night with bars, pubs and restaurants shut down for two weeks.

‘Thank you to all Italians who make sacrifices. We are proving to be a great nation,’ Conte said in his nine-minute address to the nation.

Source: Dailly Mail