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Covid-19: Italy's Lombardy region tightens quarantine

Mar 22, 2020 14:14 IST

The Italian region of Lombardy has introduced stricter measures in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Under the new rules announced on Saturday, sport and physical activity outside, even individually, are banned. Using vending machines is forbidden. Businesses have been asked to close all operations excluding "essential" supply chains. Work on building sites will be stopped apart from those working on hospitals, roads and railways. All open-air weekly markets have been suspended. Supermarkets, pharmacies, post offices, and banks will remain open and public transport will continue to run. Lombardy is the worst-affected region in the country with 3,095 deaths.