The mayor of Italy’s worst-hit coronavirus area is bringing his daughters home from England because he thinks they are safer in Italy, he told a British news channel on Monday.
I have two daughters. They're studying in England, and when I saw what the British government was thinking about this problem, I decided to bring them back because I think that even if we are at the center of the epidemic, probably they are more secure here than in England," Bergamo mayor Giorgio Gori told Sky News.
I don't understand why the (British) government did not decide in time to protect citizens.”
The UK government has stopped short of ordering a lockdown across the country and in London after pubs and restaurants were told to close on Friday. Large numbers of people continued to visit parks and beaches across the UK over the weekend despite government advice to stay at home.
Bergamo, north of Milan, is the worst-hit province by coronavirus in Italy with 6216 confirmed cases, according to the Italian Civil Protection department.