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Italy under Coronavirus lockdown

​Deserted Grand CanalReuters
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​Deserted Grand Canal
Italy imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people to control the deadly coronavirus, as China signalled major progress in its own battle against the global epidemic.

The outbreak, combined with a crash in oil prices, has caused carnage on financial markets, erasing billions of dollars globally.

In pic: The Grand Canal is seen after the Italian government imposed a virtual lockdown on the north of Italy including Venice to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak, in Venice, Italy.
​Marriages, funerals bannedAFP
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​Marriages, funerals banned
Marriages and funerals were banned for more than three weeks under the quarantine and bars and restaurants were told to close at 6 pm, with the prime minister urging people to "stay at home".

In pic: People wearing face masks walk across Piazza San Carlo in Turin, Italy.
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​Italy hardest-hit country
The unprecedented measures, in place until April 3, were extended from several large areas of the north to Italy's entire population of more than 60 million in a decree signed Monday night.

Since the COVID-19 disease first emerged in China late last year, Italy has become Europe's hardest-hit country and has seen a rapid rise in cases to more than 9,000, with more than 400 deaths so far.

In pic: A waiter stands by empty tables outside a restaurant at St Mark's Square.
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​Trains, flights affected
Trains and numerous flights continued to operate into and out of Milan on Monday despite the earlier set of restrictions for its Lombardy region.

In pic: A woman wears a protective face mask at Roma Termini railway station, after the Italian government imposed a virtual lockdown on the north of the country, in Rome, Italy.
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​Sporting events cancelled
Sporting events of all levels and disciplines were cancelled -- stopping play in the top-flight Serie A football league.

In pic: A man wearing a protective mask leaves a supermarket with trolleys full of shopping in Milan.
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​Restricted travel
Under the new rules travel is only allowed for the most urgent work or health reasons, but people will be able to return to their own homes from elsewhere.

In pic: Soldier (L and R) wearing a respiratory mask control passengers arriving at the Milan Centrale railway station as Italy is battling the world's second-most deadly virus outbreak after China and has imposed a virtual lockdown on the north of the country.
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​Quarantine zone
The measures extend a quarantine zone that Italy had imposed on its industrial northern heartland around Milan and Venice.

In pic: A girl walks in Corso Vittorio Alfieri in Asti, a new quarantine zone in Northwestern Italy.
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​Schools, universities shut
The national restrictions will run until April 3 and mean that schools and universities will all immediately close.

In pic: Gondolas are moored in Venice, Italy.
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​Bars and restaurants
Bars and restaurants were only allowed to open between 8 am and 6 pm, the decree said, and only if a distance of at least a metre was possible between customers.

In pic: Passengers wearing a respiratory mask wait at a cafe at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan.
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​Women in a respiratory mask
Women wearing a respiratory mask walk across Piazza del Duomo in central Milan.
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