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Italy clamps down on travel as virus deaths rise

first_imgROME – Two deaths from the newcoronavirus sparked fears throughout northern Italy on Saturday, as about50,000 people were poised for a weeks-long lockdown imposed by authoritiestrying to halt a further increase in infections. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said thatpeople living inside the affected areas in the northern regions would berestricted to those areas, while schools and businesses closed, as part ofmeasures designed to stem new infections. (AFP) Streets were largely deserted in the small Italian town of Codogno, Lodi, Lombardy, Italy. AFPcenter_img Italy on Friday became the first countryin Europe to report the death of one of its own nationals from the virus,triggering travel restrictions on about a dozen towns where the number ofpeople contaminated has continued to rise.last_img

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