Italy On Lockdown Over Coronavirus

Italy is virtually on lockdown as the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rises. Italy's Prime Minister says he will sign a decree extending the quarantine in the northern region to the entire country. We’re talking about all public gatherings and sporting events – and more than 60-million people being affected.

People are being advised not to leave their homes except for work or an emergency. At last check, more than 91-hundred people across Italy have been infected and at least 460 deaths are blamed on the COVID-19 virus.

While Italy has the largest amount of cases outside of Asia, the concern isn’t isolated there. Ireland is canceling St. Patrick's Day festivities – including the famed St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin on March 17th – because of the coronavirus. Health officials advised the move to help slow the spread of the virus – they currently have 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Closer to home, Boston has also canceled its festivities as a precaution, while New York City plans to go ahead with its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE! Where does the United States stand with COVID-19? There are currently 754 cases across the United States – with 26 patients succumbing to the illness. At last check, the numbers stood at just over 114-thousand people infected by the virus globally – and just over four-thousand dead. On the plus side, nearly 65-thousand have recovered.

Source: BBC News

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