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Italy expands its quarantine to the entire country
Published on: 2020-03-10
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A man wearing a protective mask passes by the Coliseum in RomeA man wearing a protective mask passes by the Coliseum in Rome

Italy will expand the lockdown of the Lombardy region to the entire country, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday as Italy’s case count surged, making it the country with the most COVID-19 cases outside of China.

On Monday the total number of cases rose to 9,171, including 463 dead and 724 recoveries, up from just over 7,000 cases on Sunday as infections continued to rise rapidly.

040People throughout the country of 60 million should not travel other than for work or emergencies, Conte said. He added that all public gatherings will be banned and sporting events suspended. The decision was made to protect the most vulnerable people in the country, he said, and the measures will take effect Tuesday and last until April 3.

The nationwide lockdown is an expansion of quarantine measures rolled out over the weekend that applied to an area of the country that encompassed about 16 million people.

041Schools and universities all over the country will remain closed until April 3, he said, but public transit will remain operational. All schools in the country were previously closed until March 15. He also said all restaurants and bars across the country will have to close at 6 p.m.

The announcement marks the most extensive efforts taken by a government outside of China to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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