The total number of cases in Italy, the European country hardest hit by the virus in Europe, rose to 10,149 from a previous 9,172, an increase of 10.7%，according to the Civil Protection Agency on Tuesday.
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Italy will expand the lockdown of the Lombardy region to the entire country, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Monday as Italy’s case count surged, making it the country with the most COVID-19 cases outside of China.
People throughout the country of 60 million should not travel other than for work or emergencies, Conte said. He added that all public gatherings will be banned and sporting events suspended. The decision was made to protect the most vulnerable people in the country, he said, and the measures will take effect Tuesday and last until April 3.
“The right decision today is to stay at home,” Conte said. “Our future and the future of Italy is in our hands. These hands have to be more responsible today than ever before.”
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Noting Italy is facing a severe epidemic situation, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the Italian government is paying close attention to and learning from China’s successful experience in combating the virus, and is taking strong measures to contain the spread of the disease.
China will overcome difficulties and provide Italy with medical supplies including face masks and increase exports of supplies and equipment to meet its urgent needs, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday.
In a telephone conversation with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, Wang noted that China would like to send medical teams to Italy to help combat the novel coronavirus according to its needs.
China will not forget the support from Italy when the country was at its hardest moment in the fight against the virus, Wang said, adding that China is now willing to stand firmly with the Italian people as well.
Wang said he believes the joint battle against the virus will deepen relations between China and Italy, and enhance the friendship between the two peoples.
China appreciates that Italy has paid high attention to the health and safety of Chinese nationals in Italy, and hopes the country will continue to offer them necessary help and assistance, he added.
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