Mar 22, 2020 05:31 UTC

The Italian army was deployed in Milan on Saturday to help the local police enforce the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Footage shows army personnel and local police manning checkpoints along roads and stopping driving cars to ask where they are going and why. Lombardy is the hardest-hit region in Italy by COVID-19.

The infections were reported to have passed 42,600 in Italy by Saturday, with over 4,800 fatalities since the beginning of the outbreak, making it the European country that is worst hit by the coronavirus.

In Lombardy alone, over 22,200 cases have been recorded, with over 57,100 people being tested in that region alone.