Officials said the new Coronavirus infected more than 3,000 people and killed at least 107 in Italy on March 3.
Official figures show that 28 more have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 107 – the highest number of deaths outside China – while the number of infected cases has reached 3,089.
All schools, universities and daycare centers will be closed starting March 5 and closed until at least March 15.
“This is a wise decision to stop the virus because we have a health care system at risk of being overloaded,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a statement on March 4.
Italy imposed similar measures in February in the north of the country – the epicenter of the outbreak – and cities like Milan and Venice were essentially blocked by travel restrictions.
According to Bloomberg, this new directive extends school closures nationwide and affects approximately 8.7 million students. The Italian government has also banned fans from attending sports events and some fashion shows.
On March 4, the UK confirmed 36 new infections, 3 times the average increase of the previous days. The number of cases detected in the UK so far is 87.
In France, where 285 confirmed cases of the virus infection, the famous Lourve museum has announced the reopening, but accompanied by some new rules.
In the United States, California has just recorded the first death. It is also the first US death outside Washington state, where 10 people have died.
The deceased, a patient with background diseases, had previously been isolated in a hospital. Officials believe the person was infected last month on a yacht traveling from San Francisco to Mexico.
California has declared a state of emergency.