Italy bans public gatherings and expands coronavirus lockdown to entire country

All of Italy will be locked down as the coronavirus death toll soars in the country.

This evening the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, announced sweeping new measures designed to slow the virus as it rampages through the European country.

The whole of the country will operate under the same rules that have been restricting movement in Northern Italy over the weekend. 

The Prime Minister has urged citizens not to leave their homes, except to go to work and in emergencies.

All public gatherings have been banned in the Mediterranean country and all sports events cancelled.



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While public transport will remain operational, schools and universities across the country will close until April 3.

The 60 million people in the country will be affected by the new measures tomorrow.

It is not currently clear whether the whole of Italy will be subjected to the same extensive quarantine that is expected to come into force in the North.

Yesterday plans to shut 16 million people into isolation were leaked.


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The proposals suggested more than a quarter of the country's population would be locked up for nearly a month to halt the relentless march of the new coronavirus across Europe.

Weddings and museums, cinemas and shopping centres are all affected by the new restrictions, which focus on a swathe of northern Italy but are disrupting daily life around the country.

Confusion reigned after the quarantine was announced, with residents and tourists from Venice to Milan trying to figure out how and when the new measures would take effect.

The coronavirus death toll has risen dramatically in Italy over the past day.

The number of deaths stood at 463 as of this evening, with cases confirmed in all of Italy's 20 regions and 7,375 having tested positive.

Earlier on Monday, six inmates died amid riots at prisons across Italy after authorities suspended all visits.

More to follow.

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