For many years Mirjana has talked about the importance of March 18th… As Italy buckels from unprecedented events right now – perhaps something significant will occur on the mysterious date of March 18th..
During a Q & A session between Mirjana and a group of English-speaking pilgrims in Medjugorje, and in response to a comment by one of the pilgrims about sharing the same birthday as Mirjana, the visionary responded:
“Great people were born on the 18th of March. But I never have my birthday because that is the day of the apparition. And many people have the wrong opinion about it. They feel that Our Lady comes to me on the 18th of March because it is my birthday. She doesn’t come for sure for that reason because she never said to me Happy Birthday. When everything starts happening, then you will be able to understand why the 18th of March, why every second of the month, why Wednesdays and Fridays are days of fasting, everything will be clear.”
Italy is planning to shut down the northern region of Lombardy and 11 neighboring provinces to try to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The quarantine, which is expected to be approved Saturday evening and last through April 3, comes as the European country reports 5,883 COVID-19 cases and 233 deaths.
Schools, museums, theaters, and swimming pools will be shut down, and violating the restrictions will be considered criminal offenses.
Italy is already staring down a recession and these stringent measures are likely to exacerbate the country’s economic woes.
Italy, the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus crisis, is preparing to take the unprecedented step of locking down an entire region that is home to more than 10 million people in a bid to control the spread of the epidemic.
A draft decree seen by The Wall Street Journal says that the Italian government is imposing sweeping restrictions in the northern region of Lombardy, where Milan is the capital, and 11 neighboring provinces, including Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and Veneto.
People in these areas should “absolutely avoid any movement into and out of the areas,” the decree says, according to The Journal. Bloomberg reported that movement within the affected area will only be permitted when it comes to “non-deferrable” business or health issues.
The move comes amid the announcement of 5,883 cases and 233 deaths in Italy. Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of the country’s Democratic party, testing positive for COVID-19.
The quarantine is slated to be approved late Saturday, Italian officials said, according to the Evening Standard. Once the policy is greenlit, the decision will take effect on Sunday and last through April 3.
During this lockdown, schools, museums, theaters, and swimming pools will be shut, the Standard said, adding that healthcare workers’ leave will also be revoked.
Bar and restaurants must ensure that patrons stay at least one meter apart or they too will be forced to close, Bloomberg reported.
The Journal reported that police officers and even the army will be on-hand to ensure that people are following the quarantine. Violating the decree is a crime that can result in fines or prison sentences.
Bloomberg also said that it had been given access to a second draft decree regarding containment rules for the rest of Italy, which restricted public gatherings and told people not to leave their hometowns unless it is necessary. That decree too is slated for approval on Saturday evening.
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