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Coronavirus: northern Italy to 'quarantine 16 mn people'

Mar 08, 2020 08:10 IST

Italy is set to lock down at least 16 million people in the region of Lombardy and in 11 other provinces in the north and east of the country, in a mandatory quarantine till April. The dramatic escalation in the country's efforts come with a sharp spike in the number of confirmed cases from 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday. The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with more than 50 deaths in 24 hours. As part of the quarantine, gyms, pools, museums and ski resorts will stay shut. The new measures, which also apply to financial centre Milan and tourist hotspot Venice.