KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — Italy has extended emergency measures on the novel coronavirus, including travel restrictions and banning public gatherings, nationwide.
BBC reported Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as saying that people must stay home, with the government only allowing those with an urgent work or family reason to travel.
Passengers departing on flights are required to justify themselves, while temperature screenings are carried out at train stations. Cruise ships are also prohibited from docking in Italy.
All sporting events throughout Italy have been suspended, while schools and universities remain closed until April 3. People are not allowed to gather in public, with Conte saying: “No more nightlife; we can’t allow this anymore since they are occasions for contagion.”
“The whole of Italy will become a protected zone,” Conte was quoted saying.
“We all must give something up for the good of Italy. We have to do it now.
“This is why I decided to adopt even more strong and severe measures to contain the advance… and protect the health of all citizens.”
According to BBC, Covid-19 fatalities in Italy rose to 463 yesterday. It is reportedly the worst-hit nation after China, where the coronavirus outbreak originated from.
Confirmed coronavirus infections in Italy also increased by 24 per cent from Sunday, with cases reported in all 20 Italian regions.