ROME

A rising number of infractions have pushed Italian authorities to take a firmer stance to enforce rules of an almost total lockdown aimed at limiting the coronavirus outbreak in Europe’s worst-hit country.

More than 665,000 were subjected to checks between March 11 – 15, according to Interior Ministry’s data.

More than 27,600 citizens and about 1,100 business owners were reported for violations during that time.

In a desperate bid to curb the spread of the virus, which has already claimed more than 2,000 lives here, Italy’s imposed a near-total lockdown, shutting down schools, bars, restaurants and all non-essential business

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