Coronavirus: Italy extends measures to entire country

Coronavirus: Italy extends measures to entire country

Coronavirus: Italy extends measures to entire country

Italy, one of the countries hurt most by coronavirus thus far, is extending its internal travel restrictions to the entire country.

South Korea now has some 7,313 cases, and Sunday said its rate of infection was slowing.

Three people were reportedly killed at the prison and another three prisoners died after being transferred to hospital, according to BBC News.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass by himself Monday at the Vatican hotel where he lives, live-streaming the event, but he did resume some meetings.

Italy's coronavirus death toll jumped on Monday by 97 to 463.

There is a sense in Italy that the country is facing its greatest emergency since World War II.

"To come out of this emergency we will use all human and economic resources", Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told daily la Repubblica.

The World Health Organisation has said there are now more than 100,000 people across the globe infected with the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus. All schools and universities, which were closed nationwide last week until March 15, will now not reopen before next month.

The measures have caused confusion among Italians about who could travel where.

He also said public transport will remain operational.

After earlier closing its land borders, Saudi Arabia cut off air and sea travel to and from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, South Korea, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. To this provision we also add the ban on outdoor gatherings.

All of Italy's 20 regions have confirmed cases, and the total number of infections now stands at 6,387. More than three-quarters of the country's surviving virus patients have been released from treatment.

The move puts the entire Lombardy region, as well as 14 other provinces, under travel restrictions; it is one of the toughest responses implemented outside of mainland China to get the COVID-19 epidemic under control.

But Italians will not be prevented from working in Switzerland, a decision that is important for the economy of the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino, where more than 70,000 Italian cross-border commuters hold work permits.

"There have been a series of rebellions across the country", Italy's prison administration head Francesco Basentini announced on Monday.

Under Austria's new measures, two mobile health check teams will from Tuesday check travellers in cars and trains in the Brenner pass region and two other crossing points.

In prisons in Naples, Salerno, Frosinone and Modena, inmates revolted against the cancellation of visiting rights imposed to avoid the the virus spreading into crowded jails. Austria has reported 112 confirmed cases.

Other regions in the center and south of Italy, including Sicily and Lazio, ordered returnees from the quarantine area to self-isolate for 14 days, while in Salerno, in southwestern Italy, police and doctors in protective clothing awaited passengers on trains returning from the north to identify them. "These hands have to be more responsible today than ever before", Mr Conte said.

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