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A Bermudian teenager in central Italy told how he was living in virtual lockdown after authorities introduced severe restrictions to stem the spread of a killer strain of coronavirus.

Leo Harris, who lives in Florence and works at a restaurant, explained that everything but essential businesses were closed and that residents remained at home.

The 18-year-old from St George's said on Thursday: “It's kind of a mild quarantine at the moment, it's not police-enforced but, as a society in Italy, everyone's just staying inside at the moment.

“All businesses are closed, except for the essentials like pharmacies and grocery stores, but I think a lot of them are going to close soon because they're going to run out of stock.

“There is a lot of unity, banding together to combat this issue.”

Mr Harris, who has lived in the Tuscan city for seven months, prepared by stocking up on bottled water, pasta and other cooking ingredients.

He said: “I've been a bit sparing, not eating as much as I would usually.”

He added that he spent his time off watching Netflix, cooking and exercising.

The former Saltus Grammar School pupil is on a two-year internship at a restaurant called Locale, which closed its doors last Monday and was expected to reopen next month.

He explained: “I loved it, I still love it. The past couple of weeks have been a bit rough because it's just been a little bit slow and it's not quite as fun.

“When it's busy, it's really exhilarating. I've really enjoyed it. I hope I can resume sooner rather than later. They said the restaurant will be closed until April 3 so I'm counting down the days.”

Mr Harris added: “I'm not really worried about the virus, mainly because I'm so young. I believe even if came to the worst-case scenario that I did get sick, I think I would be OK, but I hope I don't.”

A trip by his parents to visit him next month was also in doubt.

Italy has recorded more than 1,400 deaths from the virus with more than 21,000 infections overall.

Lockdown measures restricting citizens' movement and activities were introduced until April 3 as a template to tighten control of the outbreak.

Staying inside: Leo Harris (Photograph supplied)
Leo Harris before Covid-19 took hold in Italy (Photograph supplied)

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Published March 16, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated March 16, 2020 at 2:14 pm)

Bermudian locked down in Italy

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