LISTEN: Baldoyle Man in Coronavirus Lockdown In Italy


An Irishman has told Colm & Lucy he and his family have put themselves into a voluntary quarantine in their Italian home due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Vincent Healy, originally from Baldoyle, has been living the last ten years in Paderno d’Adda, in Lombardy.

Vincent, his wife Paola and their two young children live around 30 minutes drive from Milan and he said that before the number of cases rose quickly at the weekend,  “we had decided to quarantine ourselves anyway.”

His decision comes after Irish citizens were advised to avoid travelling to areas in Italy that are affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus. Seven people have died from the virus in Italy and over 200 have been diagnosed.

“We are in unsupervised lockdown, it is just voluntary, all the schools in the region of Lombardy are closed so our kids are home from school. Myself and my wife are lucky because we can work online most of the time.”

He said anyone who can work remotely is doing so and as a result in Milan, “there are skyscrapers that are completely evacuated, anybody who works on a computer with access to the Internet is staying at home.”