Opinion

Italy was one of those countries that took the swiftest action when the CCP Virus outbreak got severe in China, according to the BBC. Premier Giuseppe Conte decided to suspend all flights to and from China as early as Jan. 31, when the first two cases of infected Chinese tourists were confirmed in Rome. Not until one month later did the first Italian die of the infection. Yet, from that time on, Italy became the hardest hit in Europe and now the hardest hit in the world just after China. 

As for why Italy among all other European nations has suffered the most, Alt News Media offered some explanations to the fact.

The first death was reported on Feb. 21 in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Given all the early precautionary measures that had been put in place, the Italian government was confident that the situation could be kept under control, reported Italy’s The Local.

Nevertheless, reality proved the opposite. The pandemic swept through Italy at an unbelievable speed, sickening over 40,000 people and claiming the lives of over 3,400, which has even surpassed the current death toll announced by China.

Alt News Media pointed out the link between Italy and China – an irrefutable fact. 

Right in Lombardy, there is the town of Prato, home to around 100,000 Chinese people, making it the biggest Chinese community in Europe. The town used to be well-known for fabric-making before it was taken over by Chinese businessmen. 

Economy Research Group cited that in Prato there are “3,200 businesses making low-end clothes, shoes, and accessories, often with materials imported from China, for sale to mid-price and low-end retailers worldwide.” And “More firms in Prato are owned by foreigners than Italian, and over 70% of those owned by a foreign national are owned by the Chinese.” 

Notably, as the media channel laid out, those textile businesses are operated by Chinese mafia and many of their laborers are illegal immigrants, which might suggest it is beyond the control of the local government. The article commented that the EU has overlooked the illegal immigrants working in those factories. 

It then poses a question—before the ban on two-way flights was put into effect, whether it was possible that those Chinese immigrants had brought back the pathogen into Italy after their Chinese New Year holiday.

Or could it have possibly silently entered the country when the immigrants made their way back through the Italian borders with other Europeans?

Given the way that the situation has spiraled out of control in Italy, it is hardly possible to trace back how it started.

Yet, it is undeniable that this connection has carried with it immense risk.