Italy lockdown: PM outlines new measures to prevent spread of coronavirus – video

Giuseppe Conte announced a range of tough new measures in the early hours of Sunday to try to contain Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, including the virtual lockdown of the country’s wealthiest and most populous region. The new rules include telling people not to enter or leave Lombardy, which is home to about 10 million people, and dozen provinces in four of Italy’s 19 other regions. The draconian steps come after the number of coronavirus cases in Europe’s worst-hit country reached 5,883 on Saturday.

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Coronavirus: quarter of Italy’s population put in quarantine as virus reaches Washington DC

Giuseppe Conte signs decree early on Sunday after 1,200 cases confirmed in 24 hours

Italy has formally locked down more than a quarter of its population in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak reached Washington DC and a political convention attended by Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

More than 5,800 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Italy, after an alarming increase of more than 1,200 in a single 24-hour period. Two hundred and thirty-three people have died. Almost 100 countries are now responding to outbreaks.

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