MILAN — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says travel restrictions and other strict public health measures will be imposed nationwide starting Tuesday to try to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
Conte said Monday night that a new government decree will require people throughout the country of 60 million people to demonstrate a need to work, health conditions or other limited reasons to travel outside the areas where they live.
The restrictions will take effect on Tuesday and like those in northern Italy will last until April 3, he said.
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*BREAKING: Italy's PM Conte just put ALL of ITALY UNDER the same LOCKDOWN rules as the north. He calls it the "I STAY HOME" decree. People can only move around for work reasons (transport of essential goods), for other pressing needs, or for health reasons. Effective tomoro a.m.
— Rachel Donadio (@RachelDonadio) March 9, 2020
Coronavirus live updates: all of Italy to be placed under lockdown conditions https://t.co/VhGSEFdaOg
— The Guardian (@guardian) March 9, 2020
Breaking: Italian PM says lockdown now applies to ALL of Italy.
Movement only for emergencies and with clearance.
Unprecedented in modern times.
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) March 9, 2020
This is nuts.
I wonder how Americans will respond if/when it happens here?https://t.co/8m2ce69ogV
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) March 9, 2020
Holy Macaroni! All of Italy is in lock down now. 9000 cases reported there. 463 Italians have died. The Prime Minister extended the lockdown which began in the Lombardy region to the whole country. #coronavirus continues to take its dreaded toll.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) March 9, 2020