Major restrictions become more likely as deaths and infections spike across EU
Governments across Europe have warned their citizens that the coronavirus outbreak could lead to months of serious disruption, as figures for deaths and infections rose sharply again on Monday and new measures were announced restricting large gatherings.
Italy’s government has extended emergency measures across the entire country in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. The nation has the highest number of cases and deaths in Europe. On Monday night – after the death toll rose from 366 to 463 and experts warned that the hospital system in some areas was in danger of collapse – Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister, told people to “stay at home,” as he banned all public gatherings – including Serie A football matches.
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In the Republic of Ireland, all St Patrick’s Day parades, including Dublin’s main celebration that draws about 500,000 revellers each year from all over the world, were cancelled due to the risk of a further coronavirus spread.
Cyprus, which was the last EU country to be virus-free, reported its first case.
French culture minister Franck Riester contracted the novel coronavirus and is staying in his Paris home but is “doing fine”, his office said.
Vietnam decided to temporarily suspend visa-free travel for citizens from eight European countries – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Iran announced another 43 people had died, pushing the death toll to 237 amid 7,161 confirmed cases. The government said it had released 70,000 prisoners because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Scores of foreign tourists and Egyptian crew remained quarantined aboard a Nile cruise ship, from which 45 suspected coronavirus cases have been evacuated.
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