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Coronavirus: Satellite data Reveals Italy’s pollution plummet amid COVID-19 lockdown

The cartoon, compiled using information from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, which reveals a decrease in the north of the nation.

Rome secured down northern cities in the middle of Italy’s outbreak in late February, before expanding it nationally last week.

“The decrease in carbon dioxide emissions across the Po Valley in northern Italy is very evident,” said Claus Zehner, ESA’s Sentinel-5P mission director.

“Though there might be minor variations from the data because of cloud cover and altering weather, we’re extremely confident that the decrease in emissions which we can view, coincides with the lockdown in Italy inducing fewer traffic and industrial pursuits.”

The cartoon covers the period from 1 January to 11 March, employing a 10-day moving average.

Per capita of people, Italy is the worst-hit nation on the planet from coronavirus. Its death rate per 1,000 diseases is also the greatest worldwide.