Italian authorities are expanding measures to combat the spread of SARS -CoV-2 coronavirus. All companies and businesses whose activities are not vital should be suspended, Giuseppe Conte, the President of the Council of Ministers, announced.
The measure will be in effect until April 3. The decree is expected to be published on March 22 and will take effect immediately. Supermarkets, pharmacies, post offices, banks, as well as public transport will continue to operate, the Italian Prime Minister assured.
Italy has already come out on top in the world in terms of the number of people who died from the effects of coronavirus infection. According to the international group of volunteers Worldometers, a dangerous pathogen in the country was detected in 53 thousand people, more than 4800 patients died, and 6000 recovered. Since March 10, freedom of movement has been restricted throughout Italy. Schools and universities are closed until April 3, and any demonstrations have been canceled. These measures affect more than 60 million people.