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Wuhan coronavirus: 16 million people in lockdown in Italy

Christian Fernsby |
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree just after midnight, which affects about 16 million people in the north of Italy, including the Lombardy region and at least 14 provinces in neighbouring regions.

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More than a quarter of Italy's population is in mandatory quarantine as the country's government attempts to stem the spread of the killer coronavirus bug.

The measures will be in place until April 3.

Conte said: "For Lombardy and for the other northern provinces that I have listed there will be a ban for everybody to move in and out of these territories and also within the same territory.

"Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues."

yesterday, Italy saw its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the outbreak began in the north of the country on February 21.

Italy's civil protection agency said the number of people with the coronavirus rose by 1,247 in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 5,883. Another 36 people also died as a result of the virus, taking the death toll to 233.

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