Italy lockdown: PM outlines new measures to prevent spread of coronavirus

Giuseppe Conte announced a range of tough new measures in the early hours of Sunday to try to contain Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, including the virtual lockdown of the country’s wealthiest and most populous region. The new rules include telling people not to enter or leave Lombardy, which is home to about 10 million people, and dozen provinces in four of Italy’s 19 other regions. The draconian steps come after the number of coronavirus cases in Europe’s worst-hit country reached 5,883 on Saturday.
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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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