Venice Carnival closes as Italy imposes lockdown

first_imgItaly has by far the highest number ofcoronavirus cases in Europe, with 152. Three people have died. Authorities in the Veneto region saidthe event would end later on Sunday, two days earlier than scheduled. About 50,000 people cannot enter orleave several towns in Veneto and Lombardy for the next two weeks withoutspecial permission. Even outside the zone, many businesses and schools havesuspended activities, and sporting events have been cancelled including severaltop-flight football matches. Italy has imposed strict quarantinerestrictions in two northern “hotspot” regions close to Milan and Venice. In neighboring Austria, a train fromVenice was stopped at the Austrian border after it emerged that two passengershad fever symptoms. Austria’s Interior Minister Karl Nehammer later confirmedto the BBC that the pair tested negative for coronavirus.center_img A Carnevale di Venezia participant in Italy wears two masks – a carnival mask for the festival and a facemask to avoid catching a new coronavirus. BBC ROME – Italian officials have cut short theVenice Carnival as they try to control what is now the worst outbreak of thecoronavirus in Europe. “All authorities have acted quickly andwith great caution in this case,” said Nehammer in a statement. “The reportingchain worked without delay.” (BBC)last_img

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