Italian authorities on March 8 and March 10 announced further containment measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which has so far infected more than 9,000 and killed more than 456 people, the most in any country outside of China. The measures aim to prevent anyone from moving in, out, or within the territory without a valid reason and are expected to remain in effect until at least April.
According to data released by the Chinese government, the lowest number of cases has been reported on March 9 since the end of January, potentially underlining the effectiveness of such lockdowns. Should the measures taken in Italy prove to be successful in slowing the spread, other European countries may follow suit, in particular for virus hotspots in Spain, France, or Germany.
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