Photos: Inside Italy’s coronavirus red zone

San Fiorano is some 44 miles (70 km) from Italy’s financial capital Milan, and has effectively been closed off from the outside world along with nine neighboring towns that were the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Some 50,000 people are under quarantine as Italy tries to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of coronavirus that flared up in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

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Gino Verani, 87, sits a table in a piazza in San Fiorano, one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. Some 50,000 people are under quarantine as Italy tries to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of coronavirus that flared up in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

Gino Verani, 87, sits a table in a piazza in San Fiorano, one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. Some 50,000 people are under quarantine as Italy tries to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of coronavirus that flared up in the regions of Lombardy and Veneto. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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An empty street at night is seen in San Fiorano, one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. San Fiorano is some 70km from Italy’s financial capital Milan, and has effectively been closed off from the outside world along with nine neighbouring towns that were the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

An empty street at night is seen in San Fiorano, one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. San Fiorano is some 70km from Italy’s financial capital Milan, and has effectively been closed off from the outside world along with nine neighbouring towns that were the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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Lombardy civil protection officers wear protective masks outside the entrance of the town hall in San Fiorano. Shops are shut, the bar is closed and people speak to each other from a safe distance. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

Lombardy civil protection officers wear protective masks outside the entrance of the town hall in San Fiorano. Shops are shut, the bar is closed and people speak to each other from a safe distance. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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A chemist wears a protective mask as she waits for customers in a pharmacy. Her husband and children live in nearby Brescia but she decided to stay in the red zone to keep the pharmacy open. The town mayor found an apartment for her so she didn’t have to pay rent. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

A chemist wears a protective mask as she waits for customers in a pharmacy. Her husband and children live in nearby Brescia but she decided to stay in the red zone to keep the pharmacy open. The town mayor found an apartment for her so she didn’t have to pay rent. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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Gino Verani sits at home in San Fiorano. Verani is upset because the local bar is closed. “We told my grandpa 100 times that the bar is not open because of the Spanish flu, to make him understand,” primary school teacher Marzio Toniolo told Reuters, referring to the deadly disease that killed millions after World War One and remains a byword for pandemics. “He is very angry and very old,” he added. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

Gino Verani sits at home in San Fiorano. Verani is upset because the local bar is closed. “We told my grandpa 100 times that the bar is not open because of the Spanish flu, to make him understand,” primary school teacher Marzio Toniolo told Reuters, referring to the deadly disease that killed millions after World War One and remains a byword for pandemics. “He is very angry and very old,” he added. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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Residents of San Fiorano, one of the towns under effective quarantine due to a coronavirus outbreak, gather in a park. Police blocks were put at the entrance to the town and anyone who tries to escape the blockade faces up to three months in prison or a fine of up to 206 euros ($223). (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

Residents of San Fiorano, one of the towns under effective quarantine due to a coronavirus outbreak, gather in a park. Police blocks were put at the entrance to the town and anyone who tries to escape the blockade faces up to three months in prison or a fine of up to 206 euros ($223). (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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35-year-old schoolteacher Marzio Toniolo's car boot is seen full of bags of 300 euros worth of supplies from a supermarket for his family who are living in one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. “We can take walks, we can walk our dogs, we can go jogging, we can ride bikes, but the authorities have suggested that we should avoid contact with other people,” he said. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

35-year-old schoolteacher Marzio Toniolo's car boot is seen full of bags of 300 euros worth of supplies from a supermarket for his family who are living in one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. “We can take walks, we can walk our dogs, we can go jogging, we can ride bikes, but the authorities have suggested that we should avoid contact with other people,” he said. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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Ines Prandini, 85, takes food from a shopping bag full of food supplies, as her two-year-old granddaughter Bianca Toniolo sits with her mother Chiara Zuddas at home in San Fiorano. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

Ines Prandini, 85, takes food from a shopping bag full of food supplies, as her two-year-old granddaughter Bianca Toniolo sits with her mother Chiara Zuddas at home in San Fiorano. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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A sign outside a closed off cemetery reads "Attention: For health reasons, the cemetery will remain closed until a later date" in San Fiorano. The number of cases confirmed in Italy stood on Wednesday at more than 370 in five days, with 12 deaths. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

A sign outside a closed off cemetery reads "Attention: For health reasons, the cemetery will remain closed until a later date" in San Fiorano. The number of cases confirmed in Italy stood on Wednesday at more than 370 in five days, with 12 deaths. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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An empty fish stand is seen in a supermarket in Codogno, one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

An empty fish stand is seen in a supermarket in Codogno, one of the towns on lockdown due to a coronavirus outbreak. (Marzio Toniolo / REUTERS)

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