Italy orders closure of schools and universities due to coronavirus

Cinemas, theatres and public events may also be shut down after national death toll hits 107

The Italian government has ordered the closure of all schools and universities nationwide until 15 March as it grapples to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of coronavirus, which has claimed 107 lives, an increase of 28 in 24 hours.

“We are focused on taking all measures for direct containment or delaying the spread of the virus,” the prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, said as he announced the most stringent containment measures outside Asia. “The health system risks going into overload, and we will have a problem with intensive care if an exponential crisis continues.”

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