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MILAN—Italy’s coronavirus outbreak continued to spread, bucking efforts to contain it mostly to two rural areas near Milan and Venice. New cases appeared as far south as Sicily, showing the limits of quarantining towns and the difficulties facing health officials.At least 322 people had been confirmed to have contracted the virus in Italy as of…

Cases skyrocket in Italy …

MILAN– Italy’s coronavirus outbreak continued to spread out, bucking efforts to contain it primarily to two rural locations near Milan and Venice. New cases appeared as far south as Sicily, revealing the limits of quarantining towns and the troubles dealing with health authorities.

A minimum of 322 individuals had actually been verified to have actually contracted the virus in Italy since Tuesday afternoon, Italian authorities stated. The death toll stood at 11, all of them elderly individuals.

Other EU nations have so far enforced few if any constraints on individuals showing up from the affected areas of northern Italy. But France has advised its people to prevent taking a trip to Lombardy and Veneto, the two Italian areas at the center of the outbreak. Bulgaria’s flagship carrier, Bulgaria Air, canceled all flights to Milan until March 27.

In an indication of the ripple effects, Paramount Pictures said it had halted production of “Objective: Impossible VII.” The studio had been slated to quickly start a three-week shoot in Venice with a team of more than 500, according to a spokesperson for the city’s mayor.

Italy enforced a state of emergency situation on Jan. 31 that allows its central government to cut through administrative obstacles and need local authorities to take antivirus measures. It is also the only EU nation up until now that has prohibited flights to and from China. However, Italy became the site of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside Asia in recent days.

A traveler from Taiwan wears sticker labels on her back in Milan Tuesday.


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As Italy has a hard time to control its outbreak, some infectious-disease specialists, including the WHO, have actually cautioned that the epidemic has actually reached a watershed, with the global spread of the virus now possible

Showing how rapidly things can alter, Italy went from simply three recognized infections recently, including two Chinese tourists, to the world’s third-biggest break out after China and South Korea.

Swaths of Italy’s industrial centers are now facing constraints on public events and events. Twelve provincial towns, many of them in the region of Lombardy, whose capital is Milan, are under quarantine, with citizens prohibited from leaving the area.

After an Alitalia aircraft from Rome landed in Mauritius on Monday, authorities blocked travelers who began their journeys in Lombardy or Veneto from disembarking, mentioning worries of contagion. Alitalia and Italy’s foreign ministry scheduled the 40 guests to right away go back to Italy.

The Latest on the Infection

  • The international death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 2,700
  • Coronavirus cases have increased to 322 in Italy, where the death toll stood at 10.
  • A minimum of 15 individuals have died in Iran from the virus.
  • South Korea has reported 977 cases.
  • The variety of brand-new daily infections in China beyond Hubei province dropped to nine.


” It would be unreasonable if other countries start putting restrictions on the travel [of Italians],” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated. “We can’t accept that.”

Around 1,000 travelers have been put under quarantine at a hotel in Spain’s Canary Islands, after an Italian visitor checked positive for the coronavirus, Spanish authorities stated Tuesday. More tests to verify the finding were being carried out in Madrid. The Italian client is being dealt with in isolated quarantine.

2 Italians from Lombardy were being held in an isolated health center ward in neighboring Austria. They reported themselves after getting moderate fever and evaluated favorable for the coronavirus, Austrian authorities stated.

A brand-new case of coronavirus was confirmed in Göppingen, in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday night, authorities stated. The patient, who had just returned from a trip to Milan, remained in isolation at a local clinic.

In Milan, bars and coffee shops opened Tuesday morning, the very first day after an over night curfew that the Lombardy area enforced on Monday to limit large gatherings. The curfew, which doesn’t affect restaurants, will work every night at 6 p.m. till additional notification. The variety of Milanese workplace workers drinking their morning espresso at one stand-up bar was well listed below normal levels.

Individuals were out and about at lunch time but were far fewer than typical, according to personnel at a number of restaurants. An Esselunga supermarket in a central area had been restocked on Tuesday, after its fresh meat, eggs and a couple of other items were cleaned out by distressed buyers the day before.

Milan’s cathedral, museums and the Scala opera home stayed closed up until further notice. “The Turk in Italy,” a Rossini opera, had actually been set up to be performed Tuesday evening. Schools and universities stayed closed, and numerous business continued to encourage their staff members to work from home when possible.

Alice Bravi and her family got caught in the quarantine that has actually restricted 50,000 people to towns south of Milan. Considering that Saturday, she, her husband and their young child have been restricted to Codogno, the center of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak.

” You keep asking yourself, is this for real? Is this happening in my hometown?” said Ms. Bravi, 38 years old. “For weeks, we saw on TELEVISION China attempting to get the virus under control, but it seemed so far away, like you were viewing a motion picture. And now it’s here, right here, today.”

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After 15 years of travelling by train the 40 miles to Milan, she is working from home today, limiting contact with anyone outside her instant family and questioning the length of time it will be before normality returns.

The quarantine of towns in Lombardy and Veneto hasn’t totally prevented individual cases of the virus from appearing somewhere else, nevertheless. A number of people have actually evaluated positive for the infection across northern Italy.

3 tourists from Bergamo, a town near Milan, evaluated positive while on vacation in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. They had arrived in Sicily with a trip group prior to the outbreak in Lombardy was discovered. Local authorities will increase controls on people getting here on the island, said Nello Musumeci, Sicily’s regional president.


More than 320 people have actually tested positive for the virus and 11 have died.

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Coronavirus cases by Italian area since

6 p.m. local time, Feb. 25

Lombardy240 CASES

Trentino-Alto Adige 1




Emilia-Romagna 26



pieDMont 3

Lazio 3




The village of Vo’ Euganeo near Venice is at the center of Italy’s second-biggest cluster of infections after the group of towns in Lombardy.

Though people are complimentary to move within the quarantined areas, some have actually opted to keep getaways to a minimum. Daniele Cruccas, who works for a local company that makes winemaking equipment and lives in Vo’ with his girlfriend, hasn’t left his house considering that the quarantine started over the weekend, however he had friends over for dinner.

” We are rather calm. Anxious, however we’re not letting ourselves offer in to unnecessary panic or alarmism,” said Mr. Cruccas. “We’re looking for normality even in this circumstance.”

With public events banned, consisting of Mass, the Rev. Mario Gazzillo, a parish priest in Vo’, is staying connected with his congregants through.


and WhatsApp rather. On Sunday, he commemorated Mass independently with another priest.

” At the minute there is no psychosis, though there is a little stress and anxiety,” Daddy Gazzillo stated.

Ms. Bravi and her buddies are likewise utilizing WhatsApp chat groups to know who has evaluated positive and if they may have been exposed. Italian privacy laws restrict authorities from releasing the names of people who are contaminated.

” If this is for 2 weeks, we can get over it, understanding that though we aren’t ill, this is for the higher great,” Ms. Bravi stated. “However if it goes on for much longer than that, I’m not sure how we are going to cope.”

— Noemie Bisserbe and Bojan Pancevski added to this article.

Write to Eric Sylvers at and Francis X. Rocca at

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