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You all probably know that the concept comes from Venice. But what I just learnt today, at the exhibition on Venice's 1600 year anniversary at the Palazzo Ducale, was that the traders objected to the restrictions and quarantine was lifted on two separate occasions.

Both times, capitalism won. And about a quarter of the population died.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 11:05:49 AM EST
My comment was based on the captions on the wall. I've just read the catalogue: The traders turned to compliant physicians at the University of Padua, who ruled that the cases of plague were not plague (just a bad flu?). When it turned out that they were wrong, the authorities did respond with a proper lockdown.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Sep 25th, 2021 at 02:48:22 PM EST
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