Italian prime minister extends restrictions across country, as WHO warns threat of coronavirus pandemic ‘very real’.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the first time he has done so since the epidemic began and a sign that Beijing believes its efforts to control the virus are working.
His arrival in the city comes after its spread in mainland China has sharply slowed in the past week and as attention has turned to preventing imported infections from overseas hot spots such as Iran, Italy and South Korea.
Meanwhile the whole of Italy – a country of some 60 million people – has been placed under quarantine, as the government steps up efforts to tackle a coronavirus outbreak that has affected more than 9,000 people and left 463 dead in the country.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late on Monday that he was extending restrictions on travel, that had been in place in the north, throughout the country.
Conte’s announcement came as Italy announced 97 more deaths from the virus and the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned the threat of a global coronavirus pandemic was “very real”.
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Globally, more than 3,800 people have died from the coronavirus and over 110,000 cases have been confirmed.
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