Dimitri Musafia gave us this report today from Cremona:Cremona, Italy, the city where Antonio Stradivari once made his famous violins and still a major center of violin-making, has seen major shut-downs as a result of the spread of coronavirus. Violin case maker and longtime Violinist.com member
"Cremona is in the 'yellow zone,' meaning it is confines with the 'red zone,' which is under lockdown. Lockdown means no one can enter or leave the towns within that area, which includes Codogno (from where the virus started spreading), Casalpusterlengo, and other small centers. The army is presiding over all access roads. There have been 91 cases of coronavirus infections in the province of Cremona (which includes part of the 'red zone') and so far nine deaths."
"Inside the 'yellow zone,' places such as theaters, movie houses, concert halls, and museums are closed; bars and cafés, until yesterday, had to close at 6 p.m. The idea was to limit public gathering, which would favor further diffusion of the virus, although supermarkets had to remain open (so people could buy food) and other shops could remain open too (so the whole economy did not grind to a halt). Restaurants likewise remain open (although some have chosen to close anyway). All Chinese-run restaurants, hair stylists and bars (there are perhaps three dozen such activities in Cremona) all closed simultaneously and until further notice. "
Musafia said that there have been nine deaths in the province of 360,000, representing 0.0025% of the population. The average age of the patients was 78, and all of them already had severe ailments, two of which were cancer. By all appearance, the virus pushed these already-sick patients past the tipping point.
"Violin-making activities are going on as usual, the only exception being that clients aren’t coming to Cremona for purchases or restorations: hotel reservations are reportedly down 95 percent," Musafia said. "Also the major trade fairs which interest Cremona violin makers are being cancelled or postponed, which equates in lost business opportunities."
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