Italy quarantines 16 million people!

Italy has placed around 16 million people under quarantine as it tries to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Anyone living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces will need special permission to travel.

Milan and Venice are both on lockdown!

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, and other events across the whole country.

Italy has seen the largest number of coronavirus cases in Europe.

The strict new quarantine measures affect a quarter of the Italian population and the northern part of the country is on lockdown.

The restrictions also apply: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.

The number of confirmed cases in Italy is now 5,883 and the death toll has passed 230 deaths.

“Prime Minister Conte said:

“There will be no movement in or out of these areas, or within them, unless for proven, work-related reasons emergencies or health reasons,” Mr Conte told reporters.

“We are facing an emergency, a national emergency. We have to limit the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”

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