Coronavirus: UK Parliament to stay open as ministers self-isolate – BBC News

The UK parliament will stay open – despite a health minister testing positive for coronavirus, and a further two ministers deciding to self-isolate. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government would continue to work closely with the House of Parliament authorities to monitor the situation. He said that the peak of the UK outbreak was expected “in a matter of a couple of months”. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has now reached 460, after the biggest rise in a single day. It comes as two more people with the virus died in the UK, bringing the total to eight.

Italy has announced tighter restrictions on people moving around, that will come into force on Thursday morning. All stores, except for pharmacies and food shops, will be shut in a desperate bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus that has killed 827 in the country in just over two weeks. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the latest wave of restrictions in a TV address to the 60 million Italian residents already under ‘stay-at-home’ restrictions.

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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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