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Italian premier locks down entire country to stop virus

(AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has put his entire country on lockdown to combat the coronavirus.

The move announced Monday bans all but the most important travel and puts the final kibosh on social gatherings after Italians failed to take previous warnings to heart amid skyrocketing infections.

Two days after imposing the same strict measures on a quarter of the country, in the hard-hit north, Conte urged all 60 million Italians to stay home. The only travel allowed will be for proven work reasons, for health conditions or other cases of necessity.

The restrictions take effect Tuesday and last until at least April 3.

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