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Italy, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): A decree was signed early Sunday by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to quarantine about 16 million people in the country's prosperous north, including the Lombardy region and at least 14 provinces in neighbouring regions till April 3 in a bid to halt the new coronavirus' spread, media reports said.
Travel Restrictions. Image credit: Unsplash
"Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues," said Conte.
Biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases, since its outbreak on Feb. 21, was experienced by Italy when an increase in the number of infected people rose by 1,247 in the previous 24 hours, taking the total to 5,883.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Sunday that Italy should ban all its citizens from traveling to Europe in order to curb the new coronavirus outbreak.
While many scientists said the world is clearly in the grips of a pandemic — a serious global outbreak — the World Health Organization isn't calling it that yet, saying the word might spook the world further.
"I think it's pretty clear we're in a pandemic and I don't know why WHO is resisting that," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.