Coronavirus Italy map: The top regions in Italy struck down by killer virus

Coronavirus has killed 463 people in Italy and there are 9,172 confirmed cases across the country, the second most-affected nation in the world. The northern regions were the first to be affected, which lead to villages being quarantined, but since then the virus has spread to all parts of Italy.

Deaths in Milan’s Lombardy region – which had already been on lockdown with cinemas, theatres and museums closed and restaurant hours restricted – jumped 25 percent in a day to 333.

The national death toll went up by 97 to 463, the highest in the world after China.

The Emilia-Romagna region – home to Bologna –has also been badly hit by the virus and has reported 1,386 cases and 70 deaths.

Venice’s region Veneto has 744 confirmed cases and 20 deaths.

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The significant jump in the death toll prompted drastic action from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday.

Mr Conte said that measures introduced just two days ago were no longer sufficient and said the entire nation had to make sacrifices to stop the spread of coronavirus.

He said: “The right decision today is to stay at home. Our future and the future of Italy is in our hands.

“These hands have to be more responsible today than ever before.”

Italians will now only be able to travel for work, medical reasons or emergencies until April 3.

All schools and universities, which were already closed nationwide until March 15, won’t reopen before next month.

Mr Conte said any public gatherings, including in the open air, would be forbidden.

All sporting events, including Serie A football matches, will be suspended.

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Hundreds of cases have been reported in Campania, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Piemonte and Tuscany.

Big cities in those regions include the capital Rome, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Florence.

Coronavirus first came to light near Italy’s financial capital Milan on February 21.

Since then, more than 9,000 people were infected in just two weeks.

Italy’s stock market index fell 11.2 percent on Monday in part because of the government’s decision to shut down travel into and out of the country’s financial and industrial heartland.

Pope Francis, who tested negative for COVID-19 after he was seen coughing and sneezing at an Ash Wednesday mass, celebrated Monday morning mass by himself in the chapel of the Vatican hotel.

The Pope’s mass was live-streamed, evidence of new measures the Vatican City State has taken to contain the spread of the virus in line with restrictions adopted by the Italian government.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed Italy’s lockdown measures.

He said: “Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real.

“It would be the first pandemic that could be controlled.

“The bottom line is we are not at the mercy of the virus.”

More than 113,500 people are infected with coronavirus worldwide, and 4,000 have died.

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