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Italy on lockdown


Italian PM Giuseppe Conte announced that special measures will be imposed across the whole country including travel restrictions and a ban on gatherings in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

This is after the death toll rose  from 97 to 463 with another 1,897 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of people confirmed to have contracted the new virus since the outbreak began to 9,172 as majority of fatalities being in people over 70 years, many of them with underlying health problems.

All sport in Italy have also been suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus, this including Serie A but not Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions.

Earlier on Italy’s Olympic committee (CONI) recommended the move to suspend all sport at all levels after hosting a special meeting of sporting federations on Monday as Italy becomes the European country worst hit by coronavirus so far.

Serie A side Roma’s Europa League tie at Sevilla on Thursday will be played behind closed doors as Paris St-Germain’s Champions League last-16 match against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will also be played without fans. However, Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has accused Serie A for being irresponsible for ignoring his calls for football to be suspended because of the outbreak.

Italy has now recorded more than half of all the deaths reported outside China since the crisis first began to unfold at the end of last year with the government announcing that all Italian ski resorts would be closed from Tuesday morning as part of the containment effort.


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