Many Italians in Northern Italy sold their leather goods and textiles companies to China. Italy then allowed 100,000 Chinese from Wuhan/Wenzhou to move to Italy to work in these factories, with direct Wuhan flights. Result: Northern Italy is Europe’s hotspot for Wuhan Coronavirus...EU turned a blind eye to vast numbers of illegal Chinese immigrants working in Italian factories. The ‘Open Borders’ EU will of course try to keep this under wraps..."Italian" leather, eh? UPDATE: It's also the textile industry in Northern Italy. ChiComs took a big hunk of that, too, and have moved in by the 10's of thousands.
It's unfortunate, but there's the explanation.