Italy has put up to 16 million people in quarantine as it fights to suppress the spread of coronavirus.
Anybody residing in Lombardy and 14 additional central and northern provinces will need special authorization to travel. Milan and Venice are both affected.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also declared the shutting down of schools, gyms, night clubs museums, and other locations throughout the country.
The sweeping actions will go on until 3 April.
Italy has seen the most substantial number of coronavirus incidents in Europe and reported a sharp rise in infections this Saturday. The harsh new quarantine actions impinge on a quarter of the Italian inhabitants and stand clustered in the part of the country that powers its economy.
The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with officials reporting more than 36 deaths in 24 hours. Furthermore, the number of confirmed cases has jumped by more than 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday.
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