ROME — Italy has been put into total lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.
In a press conference Monday evening, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced unprecedented measures limiting movement for 60 million Italians. The decision to extend the emergency measures put in place on Sunday for Lombardy and 14 other provinces at the epicenter of the outbreak came after a spike in infections over the last 24 hours. To date, over 7,800 people have tested positive for coronavirus and over 460 have died.
“We have no time to adapt, numbers tell us we have a spike in infections, people in intensive care and deaths,” he said. “Our habits must change right now.”
From Tuesday morning until April 3, Italians will only be allowed to leave their homes for urgent health and professional reasons, according to Conte. Schools and universities as well as public venues, including cinemas, theaters and gyms will remain shut. Professional sports events, including Serie A football matches, are also suspended.
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