Italy will distribute food vouchers to the neediest in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic

In Italy, which recorded its first Covid-19-related death in late February, the pandemic has already killed 10,023 people and caused 92,472 cases. In Sicily looting was recorded in recent days.

Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte announced on Saturday evening that the government will distribute food vouchers to those most disadvantaged, particularly affected by the disruption of economic activity in the country because of the epidemic of the coronavirus Covid -19. In Italy, which recorded its first Covid-19-related death in late February, the pandemic has already killed 10,023 people and caused 92,472 cases. In Sicily looting was recorded in recent days.
Italy will distribute food vouchers to the neediest in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic
ROME: - The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte announced on Saturday evening that the government will distribute food vouchers to those most disadvantaged, particularly affected by the disruption of economic activity in the country because of the epidemic of the coronavirus Covid -19.
The announcement came after the Police had to deploy agents to monitor supermarkets in Sicily, after some looting, also in towns in the south of the country, AFP said.
The government released funds worth 400 million euros "destined for the municipalities, which will have to dedicate them to people who do not have money to buy food," explained the prime minister during a press conference at the Chigi Palace in Rome, seat of government.
"This will allow food bonds to be issued," he said.
"We have to build a chain of solidarity, nobody will be left to their fate," he promised. "Our objective is to guarantee liquidity to families, companies and working people," he added.
And is that the Covid-19 pandemic accentuated the precariousness in which much of the Italian population lives, especially in the south and in Sicily, where the Police deployed agents this Saturday in front of supermarkets to prevent possible robberies.
On Thursday, a group of people tried to leave a Palermo supermarket without paying, shouting: "We have no money to pay, we have to eat," the daily La Repubblica (progressive) reported on Saturday .
In other municipalities, small business owners are under pressure from some inhabitants, who ask them to give them food for free, according to another newspaper, Il Corriere della Sera .

"Social bomb"

In the Mezzogiorno, the impoverished south of the peninsula, millions of people make a living from black work, which is not declared to the Treasury.
A vulnerable population at the moment, in which the country is practically blocked, as it cannot benefit from the measures taken by the Italian government to compensate for the loss of workers' income.
After almost three weeks of confinement, part of the population has no means to feed.
The Corriere della Sera , which refers to a possible “social bomb”, assures that the Police monitor social networks and conversation groups in which business looting operations could be organized.
"I was afraid that the concern is growing among various sectors of the population, their health, their income, the future is up turning into anger and hatred if the crisis continues, " he told La Repubblica Giuseppe Provenzano, Minister Social Cohesion, in charge of the southern part of the country.
"People who rob supermarkets are ignorant. Last night I heard on television that 1,800 people signed up for food distribution. Looting supermarkets will not solve anything,” said a resident of Palermo, Carmelo Badalamenti, this Saturday, before Conte's announcement, while shopping.
But, on social networks, many Sicilians attacked political leaders, and especially the Prime Minister.
In Italy, which recorded its first coronavirus-related death in late February, the pandemic has already killed 10,023 people and 92,472 cases.
Much less affected than other regions, in Sicily, the Covid-19 killed 57 people (out of a population of about 5 million), a number that almost multiplied by 10 in a week.
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