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24 Feb. 2020 / 16:30

Italian authorities confirm 152 cases of coronavirus and 4 deaths

There are widespread concerns over the spread of the virus in northern Italy; the country now has 152 confirmed cases and four deaths due to the virus as of Monday morning, with a sharp spike in cases over the weekend.

Italian stocks plunged in early trade Monday morning, as the euro zone’s third-largest economy grappled with the largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia.

Italy has imposed strict quarantine restrictions in two northern "hotspot" regions close to Milan and Venice, BBC reports.

About 50,000 people cannot enter or leave several towns in Veneto and Lombardy for the next two weeks without special permission. Even outside the zone, many businesses and schools have suspended activities, and sporting events have been cancelled including several top-flight football matches.

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