DRASTIC MEASURE AGAINST CORONAVIRU Italy seals off the north – 10 million people affected!

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Entry and exit bans also apply in Milan and Venice ++ Citizens should not leave houses ++ Minimum distance for guests in bars and restaurants

Italy’s government imposes drastic entry and exit bans in the fight against the corona virus. More than ten million people are affected!

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (55) announced early Sunday morning: that large areas in the north of the country will be sealed off. New bans also apply throughout the country.

The region Lombardy and 14 provinces are affected by the measures. These are Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice, said Conte. The economic metropolis of Milan is also affected.

In addition, according to the information provided, the government confirmed or imposed restrictions for the whole of Italy, such as the stop to cinemas, theatres, museums, demonstrations and many other events.

“We are facing a national emergency,” Conte said. “We have been fighting it from the beginning with maximum precautions”, added the Prime Minister. “We have two objectives: To contain the spread of infection and avoid overloading hospital facilities.”

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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