Another 133 people die in Italy as coronavirus death toll jumps again

Italian officials say the number of people who have died from Covid-19 in the country has risen from 233 to 366.

In a statement, they also confirmed that the total number of cases in Italy have gone up from 5,883 to 7,375.

The new figures come just as the government announced that 16,000,000 people would be quarantined under new measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

A decree signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has locked down the entire Lombardy region, as well as 14 provinces in neighbouring areas.

This includes a ban on people moving in and out of the affected areas, as well as within the regions.

Mr Conte said: ‘Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues.’

The lockdown is currently in place until April 3, but could be continued if the coronavirus outbreak does not improve.

It is the most severe-escalation of coronavirus prevention laws outside of China, with members of the public facing fines or even imprisonment if they break the rules.

Museums, gyms, ski resorts and swimming pools will also close in affected areas, while holiday is cancelled for all health care workers.

Bars and restaurants will have to make sure patrons keep at least a metre apart or they’ll be shut, with police and the army set to patrol areas to enforce the new laws, Bloomberg Reports.

Head of the civil protection agency Angelo Borrelli said: ‘We will win this battle if our citizens adopt a responsible attitude and change their way of living.’

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