Italy closes all stores except pharmacies and food outlets in coronavirus battle

Authorities in Italy have announced that all stores except pharmacies and food outlets will close in response to the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

So-far, 827 people have died from Covid-19 inside Italy, whereas 12,462 have been infected with the virus.

Today Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte thanked the public for cooperating with the already unprecedented travel and social restrictions that took effect this week, but said the nation needed to ‘go another step’ further.

Only stores selling ‘essential items’ will now remain open to the public.

It comes after the entire country was placed on lock-down on Tuesday, with citizens not allowed to travel unless for pressing health or work reasons.

Schools, nurseries, universities, museums and cinemas across the nation have also been shut down, while the Italian football league have cancelled all their matches.

Public gatherings, including at weddings, funerals or religious events, are also banned from taking place.

Restaurant and bars had previously been allowed to function with a curfew of 6pm and with guests forced to be at least three feet away from each other. It is not yet clear if these establishments will also close as well.

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