As Italy struggles through the devastating effects that the coronavirus pandemic has had on both its residents and its economy, desperate measures are being taken to ensure the country’s welfare.
So desperate, in fact, that members of the mafia have been distributing free food to poor families in quarantine who have run out of cash.
“For over a month, shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs have been closed,” Nicola Gratteri, antimafia investigator and head of the prosecutor’s office in Catanzaro, told the Guardian.
“Millions of people work in the grey economy, which means that they haven’t received any income in more than a month and have no idea when they might return to work.
“The government is issuing so-called shopping vouchers to support people. If the state doesn’t step in soon to help these families, the mafia will provide its services, imposing their control over people’s lives.”
The news comes after tragedy struck the country once more when a 400-metre highway bridge in northern Italy collapsed on Wednesday, but only one person was injured in what has been dubbed “a near-miss tragedy.”
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