Meanwhile, for us in the UK.... Well apart from us being 'warned' to avoid non-essential contact (what sensible people do ANYWAY!), nothing, nada, ziltch.
Well, at least there are those plans to quarantine those over 70 for four months...so at least Johnson doesn't seem to want to let all the pensioners die. Will be interesting though how that will be implemented.
In Germany new restrictions have been announced today, most shops apart from supermarkets, pharmacies etc. will apparently be shut down. However no full lockdown like in Italy and France yet...but I expect that will come as well, maybe later this week.
According to our Government, lots (millions) of masks bought in foreign markets (mainly from chinese producers) get lost during the travel to Italy: they are currently being held in other countries because they have blocked every export and because they basically want to keep the masks for themselves.
I'm not here to blame anyone, but this is a serious problem which leads to meditate about the existence of European Union itself.
Re shipments of masks blocked: I think Germany did that, and obviously it's wrong. As I understand it, the issue has been resolved (at least I hope so), but of course it shouldn't have happened in the first place.
I can understand to some extent that Italians feel let down, the response from Germany and France certainly hasn't been great so far, more help should have been offered. However I want to make two points: 1. imo much of this is motivated by fear, because Germany and France also aren't well-prepared, and both see numbers of Covid-19 infections steadily rising, 2. I have to say I find the "Only China
is helping Italy" narrative that seems to be emerging a bit perverse tbh, because the disease probably originated due to Chinese negligence (unsanitary conditions on those food markets, or lax security at the Wuhan virology lab), and EU countries (including Germany) sent a lot of protective equipment to China
in January, which must be a factor in the shortages with face masks, protective suits etc. which now are a problem in many European countries.
But I agree, the EU response to the crisis so far has been deficient and could have very negative consequences for the future of the EU (which imo would be quite sad, even though I disagree with much about the present state of the EU).