Italy bans arrivals from 13 countries due to COVID-19

An ordinance signed by Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Thursday bans the entry of people arriving from at-risk countries into Italy due to the coronavirus, ANSA reported.

The list comprises Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and Dominican Republic. "We cannot waste the sacrifices the Italians have made in recent months," Speranza said.

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by the coronavirus after its outbreak first emerged on 21 February.  It has recorded almost 35,000 deaths. On Thursday the Civil Protection Agency reported 12 deaths over the last 24 hours, down from 15 the previous day, while new cases increased to 229 from 193.

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