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[Italy][March 9, 2020] Italy Expands Lockdown to Entire Country


4:45 p.m. Italy expands lockdown to entire country
Officials in Italy are expanding emergency anti-coronavirus restrictions to apply to the whole country.

The Italian government is directing all residents to remain at home and not to travel unless required by their work.

All public gatherings in open air or public places are being banned. Schools in the entire country are to remain closed until April 3.

The decree, which affects all 60 million people living in Italy, will go into effect tomorrow, according to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

As of Monday, Italy had 9,172 coronavirus cases and 463 deaths, according to health officials.

In the U.S., Delta Airlines announced it would suspend flights from Atlanta to Rome starting Wednesday.

The suspension will last until April 30.

The airline will waive change fees for customers who travel both internationally and domestically through April 30, if their tickets were purchased before March 9.

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