Imposing the most draconian containment measures outside of China, the Italian government today banned travel for residents of 15 northern provinces until April 3. Also, public venues such as schools and nightclubs will be closed nationwide, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced. With a death toll of 230, the country has the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with confirmed cases skyrocketing from 1,200 to nearly 6,000 today as patients awaited treatment in hospital corridors.
Will it work? It's thought that it may be too late to limit the spread, as there are already cases in the country's other regions.
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