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Media Roundtable: Coverage Of Italy's Lockdown, Closures Across The US & Testing

AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
A view of an almost deserted Piazza del Popolo square in Rome, Thursday, March 12, 2020. A sweeping lockdown is in place in Italy to try to prevent it from becoming the next epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic.

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we’ll discuss the coronavirus pandemic in Italy. This week, the surge of infections has triggered a massive countrywide lockdown. According to the Italian government, more than 15,000 people have been infected and the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

We will also discuss the Bay Area’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. So far, 224 people have tested positive in California, including 120 in the Bay Area. What do you want to know?


Eric Reguly, European bureau chief for The Globe and Mail, based in Rome

Lesley McClurg, award winning science reporter at KQED


Web Resources:

TheGlobe and Mail, Eric Reguly: Italy shuts almost all shops after surge in COVID-19 cases as WHO declares a pandemic


The Guardian: From confidence to quarantine: how coronavirus swept Italy

KQED, Lesley McClurg: What Californians Need to Know About the Coronavirus

The NY Times, Jill Cowan: Coronavirus in California: Large Events Banned and What Else You Need to Know

San Jose Mercury: Grand Princess to stay in Oakland until Sunday, blow past 72-hour goal


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.