Italy extends coronavirus restrictions to entire country

Italy is halting most travel and locking down the entire country of 60 million people to contain a coronavirus outbreak that started in the northern part of the country, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday.

The announcement came a day after the government placed similar movement restrictions on a quarter of the population, signaling that the government was concluding that only drastic measures can keep the sometimes deadly flu-like virus from spreading.

Israel, too, announced tough new steps to prevent a surge of infections, saying it would place everyone arriving in the country from abroad under quarantine for 14 days.

Among other countries taking aggressive action to protect public health, Ireland canceled St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals.

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