Italy Declares State Of Emergency Over Coronavirus

A visitor (L) talks to Carabinieri police officers in charge of Health Protection (NAS, nuclei antisofisticazioni e sanità) and a hospital security employee (R) at the entrance of the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome on January 31, 2020, where two Chinese tourists, who are believed to have arrived in Italy in the northern city of Milan over a week ago and have been tested positive for the coronavirus 2019-nCov, are being held in isolation.

The Italian government declared a state of emergency Friday to fast-track efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus strain after two cases were confirmed in Rome.

Italy had said Thursday it was stopping all flights to and from China following the news that two Chinese tourists holidaying in Italy had tested positive for the virus.

AFP

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