Coronavirus: Britons returning from Northern Italy should self-isolate, says Matt Hancock

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that anyone returning to the UK from Northern Italy should self-isolate to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

This comes as over 200 people have tested positive for the virus and several have died in Lombardy and the surrounding regions.

The health secretary admitted that he is worried about the latest outbreak but says the UK is taking a “belt and braces” approach to protecting the public and stopping the spread of the virus. He said he would not rule out lockdown measures being put in place in areas across the UK if cases of the virus rise.

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In This Story: Italy

Italy is a republic in central Europe which forms a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea as well as bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily form part of the main territory of Italy. Italy is part of the Eurozone, having entered the common currency on 1st January 1999.

The capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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