Several areas in northern Italy put on coronavirus lockdown

A general view of empty Duomo square, as a coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in northern Italy, in Milan, Italy, February 26, 2020. (File photo: Reuters)

Millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy early Sunday as the government approved drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus that is sweeping the globe.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Twitter he had signed off on plans to strictly limit movement into and out of large areas of the north, including Milan and Venice.

“#Coronavirus, the new decree is finally approved,” Conte wrote.

Italy has also closed museums, theaters, cinemas and other entertainment venues nationwide to fight the spread of the coronavirus, the decree signed Sunday by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05