The initial lockdown of the red zone towns in Italy has worked very well with new infections being reduced to zero. The countrywide lockdown is in the initial phase still and won't start showing any effect until the middle of next week at the very earliest. The lockdown is until 3 April but I fully expect it to continue well beyond.
The situation is dramatic. Hospitals are nearing saturation point because this virus is something new, the cases are in addition to all the usual diseases and illness they have to cope with in a normal winter. The virus is extremely infectious; in the majority