ROME (AP) – The Sicilian city of Corleone, famous for its fictional mafia clan in The Godfather, has ordered schools to be closed and restricted after a series of coronavirus infections were linked to a major wedding there last week.
The city administration told all 250 guests at the Sept. 12 wedding and anyone living with them to isolate themselves and inform their doctors and city health authorities while they await virus tests. In a Facebook post, Mayor Niccolo Nicolosi said he expected “maximum co-operation to overcome the current crisis”.
The city, which is part of the province of Palermo, has reported at least seven positive cases in recent days. Nicolasi said on Friday that schools in Corleone and nearby towns had been ordered to close because 30 of the wedding guests were students. Italian schools opened for the first time since March on Monday.
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Palermo and Sicily were generally spared the first major wave of COVID-19, which hit harder in northern Italy. But like the rest of southern Italy, Sicily has seen a new influx of infections since August, with more than 500 of Sicily’s 5,500 cases reported in the past three weeks.
The Corleone administration ordered the schools to be closed and set a curfew at 10pm and a closure at 8pm in gyms. He stopped conferences, museum openings, a weekly market and all other public gatherings.
Corleone was the birthplace and family name of the fictional criminal clan of the Godfather’s glory. But it was also the fortress in real life of the late convicted mobster and famous leader Bernardo Provenzano. In 2016, the Italian government dissolved the municipal government after determining that the crowd had infiltrated it.