Pornhub is offering free premium access to people in lockdown in Italy 3 months ago

Pornhub is offering free premium access to people in lockdown in Italy

The coronavirus has hit Italy hard.

Free porn has been offered to Italians as a way of helping them cope with the country’s coronavirus lockdown.

Adult website Pornhub is offering Italians free access to their premium service as they try to provide people with a distraction during quarantine.

“Forza Italia, We love you! PornHub has decided to donate its percentage revenue from ModelHub platform from March to help Italy during the outbreak,” PornHub said in its announcement.

“To help you during these weeks at home, for the whole month you can access PornHub Premium free of charge, with no need of using your credit card.”

The adult content company announced Italian users can claim premium subscriptions without entering any of their credit card details throughout March.

Coronavirus has claimed 1,016 lives in Italy, officials say, with 188 people dying over a 24-hour period recently.

With over 15,000 confirmed cases in the country, the virus is surging in towns and villages outside of the initial red zone as the Italian health system - one of the best in Europe - creaks under the sheer volume of infections.

The Italian government initiated a lockdown last weekend with, initially, only the northern region of Lombardy and 14 nearby provinces included. But Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended the lockdown nationwide on Tuesday.

In addition to shutting down all shops with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies, Italy is threatening citizens who break quarantine with legal action.

Officials believe it will be two weeks before the impact of the restrictions is seen in coronavirus cases.