Ryanair and BA cancel all flights to and from Italy over coronavirus

Daniel Fowler
March 14, 2020

As the death toll due to deadly coronavirus crosses 4,000 on Tuesday, travel was restricted across Italy from Tuesday and public gatherings were forbidden throughout the country, as the government placed the whole peninsula on lockdown to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

University College London biology professor, Dr Francis Balloux said, "The trajectory of the epidemic in the United Kingdom is so far roughly comparable to the one in Northern Italy, but with the epidemic in Northern Italy two to three weeks ahead of the situation in the United Kingdom".

The restrictions will take effect on Tuesday and, like those already in place in northern Italy, will last until April 3, Mr Conte said.

To encourage people to stay in, bars and restaurants are only allowed to open between 6am and 6pm, and only if it is possible to keep a distance of at least a metre between customers.

'I read that I'm supposed to stay at home for 14 days, but nobody said anything about that on the plane'.

Religious institutions will also stay open, as long as people can stay the same distance from each other - but ceremonies such as marriages, baptisms and funerals are banned. "We can not let our guard down", Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a dramatic evening television address before signing the latest decree.

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"Today is our moment of responsibility".

However, queues formed at supermarkets as Italians, who are now allowed only to travel for work or serious health and family reasons, prepared for isolation.

All museums and cultural venues are closed, as well as nightclubs, cinemas, theatres and casinos, which have been shut since the weekend.

High-level professional training for top national sports events and competitions organised by worldwide bodies, such as the Olympic Games, may go ahead without spectators. Probably not as we are now seeing a much more gradual increase in numbers and these are already distributed throughout the United Kingdom, unlike the situation in Italy where cases were concentrated in a single region.

The government's first set of restrictions for Italy's north sent the stock market into a tailspin that saw the Milan exchange lose more than 11 percent on the day.

The Irish Government has also issued a rare "Do No Travel" directive for the entire country.

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