Italy Locks Down Entire Country to Contain Coronavirus

By Ken Bredemeier | VOA NEWS |

A Czech special police officer, with a protective mask, checks the temperature of a driver during sanitary checks at the border crossing between Germany and Czech Republic, near the German village of Furth and the Czech village Nova Kubice in a measure to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus, on March 9, 2020. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

A Czech special police officer, with a protective mask, checks the temperature of a driver during sanitary checks at the border…

A Czech special police officer, with a protective mask, checks the temperature of a driver during sanitary checks at the border crossing between Germany and Czech Republic, in a measure to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, March 9, 2020.

Italy’s government has expanded travel restrictions to the entire country, locking down some 60 million people in an effort to contain the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a televised address Monday evening that the quarantine measures could be summarized by the phrase “I’m staying home.”

The move expands Italy’s travel restrictions from the north of the country where the outbreak first took hold. Only people with valid work or health reasons will be allowed to travel between regions in Italy or to other countries.

“Our habits need to change,” Conte said. “They need to change now.”

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