World Italy tells Britain it too loves freedom but 'behaves responsibly'

03:20  28 september  2020
03:20  28 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella has replied to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unexpected explanation as to why Rome seems to be doing The PM replied that an “important difference between our country and many other countries around the world” is the UK being “a freedom loving country.”

ITALY 'S president has shot back at Boris Johnson after the Prime Minister claimed the UK had a higher coronavirus infection rate because Britons love their freedom more than Italians . President Mattarella said Italians love their freedom too but are serious about the virus (Image: GETTY).

Italian President Sergio Mattarella responded Thursday to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments on the two countries' handling of the coronavirus, saying Italy too loved freedom but also behaved responsibly.

a group of people in a room: Italy was hit hard early on by the virus but has since brought its infection rates under control © Alberto PIZZOLI Italy was hit hard early on by the virus but has since brought its infection rates under control

Johnson suggested Tuesday that coronavirus infections were higher in Britain than in Italy or Germany because it was a "freedom-loving country" -- a barb that sparked great offence in Rome.

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Another medic in northern Italy told a friend in the UK that hospitals were running at '200 per cent capacity' with operating theatres hurriedly converted into intensive care units. Non-coronavirus cases are being sidelined with some medics being given a 'leaflet' and told to perform specialist tasks for

Italy last night put all of its 60million people into lockdown and banned movement between cities in a drastic bid to contain the outbreak, which has But one scientist tracking the outbreak in the UK said Britain is following the same trajectory and could end up in a similar situation as Italy within two weeks.

Asked in parliament if "the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us" is because their contact tracing systems work better, he said there was "a very important difference... our country is a freedom-loving country".

He claimed that made it very difficult to ask the British population uniformly to obey guidelines.

Asked about the comment, Mattarella said: "We Italians also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness".

Italy was the first country outside China to face a major coronavirus outbreak, but has managed to keep infection rates relatively low compared to Spain, France and Britain.


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