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Italy cancels carnival amid rapid coronavirus spread

Feb 24, 2020 12:45 IST

The Mayor of Venice on Sunday ordered the Venice carnival to end on Sunday, 23rd February instead of its scheduled end date on 25 February. He said that after risk assessments were were carried out before the city's iconic Carnival celebration was cut short following a sharp rise in cases of coronavirus in Italy. Officials on Sunday also stepped up measures to ban other public gatherings across Italy after the number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness jumped to 133 nationwide.

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