Coronavirus: Whole of Italy put on lockdown as public told to 'stay at home'
Italy's prime minister extends restrictions in the country, saying: "The future depends on us and everyone must do their part."
The whole of Italy is being put on lockdown as the country tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
All public gatherings will be banned, sports events are suspended, and movement is being strictly restricted across the country in a bid to halt the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
Tourists wear protective masks in St Peter's Square at the Vatican
Italy is the worst-hit nation in Europe with 463 virus-related deaths, an increase of almost 100 in a 24-hour period, and more than 9,000 confirmed infections.
Around 60 million people will now effectively be placed under quarantine by the strict measures which had already been introduced in northern and some central areas over the weekend.
Italy's prime minister Giuseppe Conte is urging people to stay at home
Italy's prime minister Giuseppe Conte is urging people to stay at home, saying: "The future depends on us and everyone must do their part."
He said people should not move around apart from for work and emergencies, and the closure of schools and universities across the country is being extended to 3 April.
He also said public transport will remain operational.
Article via Sky News
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