Authorities introduced checkpoints along roads in the Lodi region in northern Italy on Sunday, forcing as many as 50,000 people into quarantine amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

Police can be seen checking vehicles, only letting authorised persons through, in footage shot on Monday. Drone footage shows checkpoints along the perimeter of the red zone just outside Casalpusterlengo, one of at least ten towns put on lockdown by authorities on Sunday.

Cases of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 have surged in Italy in recent days, with 215 confirmed cases ,the highest number in Europe, mainly in the densely populated northern regions of Lombardy, and four deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the latest report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), nearly 80,000 people have been infected by the COVID-19 so far and over 2,600 people have died.

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