Coronavirus lockdown rebels to face police with flamethrowers, politician warns

An Italian politician has vowed to send in “police with flamethrowers” to break up gatherings amid a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Italy has been under an effective quarantine for two weeks but cases have continued to surge and residents appear to have flouted the strict rules.

In a bombastic address to his citizens, Vincenzo De Luca, president of the Campania region, said he would send police “with flamethrowers” to break up any graduation parties.

Cateno De Luca, mayor of Messina, issued another tirade on Facebook.

He said: “You will not 'stroll' in my town. I can't formally ban you from leaving your house?

“I will ban you from setting foot on public soil unless for proven necessities.”

Antonio Decaro, the mayor of Bari, went to the beach and ordered people to get back inside.

Approaching two people playing table tennis near the beach, he says: “Go home, play some video games.

“I’m the mayor of this city. I will make you follow this decree. I don't want excuses. You must go home. You. All. Have. To. Stay. Home.”

Another added: “This isn't a movie. You are not Will Smith in I Am Legend. You have to go home.”

Italy has witnessed the most coronavirus-related deaths in the world, with 6,077 fatalities and 63,927 confirmed cases – a mortality rate of more than 9%.

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In China, where the outbreak originated, the death rate stands at 3%.

In Germany, which has seen 24,000 cases and 94 deaths, it stands at just 0.3%.

Massimo Galli, head of the infectious disease unit at Sacco Hospital in Milan, explained: "The numbers we have are not representative of the entire infected population.

"This causes an increase in the fatality rate because it is based on the most severe cases and not on the totality of those infected.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night announced a lockdown across the UK.

Speaking from Downing Street, the Prime Minister banned people from leaving their homes except for specific purposes.

These include shopping for basic necessities, basic exercise, medical needs, and travelling to and from work, but only if it is absolutely impossible to work from home.

The police have been given powers to disperse any public gatherings of more than two people, excluding those that you live with.

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