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Woman Fined For Taking Turtle For A Walk In Rome

An Italian woman who took her pizza-sized turtle out for a walk has been fined 400 euros (₦169,838.82) by the Roman police for breaking strict coronavirus confinement rules.

Italians need a justifiable reason to be out on the street in the middle of a pandemic that has officially claimed more than 20,000 lives in the Mediterranean country since February according to AFP.

Taking your dog out for a walk is viewed as a good enough reason to leave your home. But it seems taking your turtle out for one is not.

The Roman police said,

The 60-year-old woman was caught outside her home without a justifiable reason” and fined. The woman was walking with a turtle.

Roman police spokesman Nunzio Carbone said that the woman was fined 400 euros because it was “not a justifiable excuse”.

Italian authorities reported issuing a record 16,545 fines on Easter Monday, a national holiday in the largely Catholic country.

Another 13,756 fines were issued on Sunday.

Italians have been joking on social media about renting out their dogs to anyone who was going stir crazy and needed a good excuse to go out.

The spokesperson said the turtle was “as big as a pizza” but not wearing a leash.

The death rate due to coronavirus has been very high in Italy. However, the US has overtaken Italy with the highest coronavirus deaths.

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