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Multiple media outlets such as the BBC, ABC and Al Jazeera are reporting that Northern Italy has quarantined 16 million residents countrywide. This has been recognized as the biggest drastic measure outside of China. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced the closure of schools, gyms, nightclubs, museums, and more throughout the country until at least until April 3rd.
Italy has seen the most cases of the coronavirus outside of China. “We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.”