Rome: In a bid to contain coronavirus, Italy will limit movement across much of its northern region, including the cities of Milan and Venice, reported The Washington Post.
Coronavirus has hit worst in Europe’s Italy with a steep rise in virus infections on Saturday.
The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with officials reporting more than 50 deaths in 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases jumped by more than 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday, reported BBC.
The whole northern region of Lombardy, home to 10 million people and Italy’s financial centre Milan, will be closed off except to emergency access, and 14 provinces including Venice, Parma and Modena will be subject to the same measures – affecting a total of around 16 million people.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the provinces affected were Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.