Italian town shuts down after six cases of coronavirus confirmed – The Local

Bars, schools and offices in a small northern Italian town are closing for up to five days to try to quell fears after six cases of the coronavirus were confirmed and more were suspected.

Six people have tested positive for the virus in the town of Codogno, which has a population of 15,000, some 60 kilomtres from Milan in the region of Lombardy.

Three of those have fallen ill – including the most serious, a 38-year-old man in intensive care – while the other three tested positive in a first test and are awaiting results of a second.

There are unconfirmed reports in Italian media that up to 14 people in total have tested positive for the virus in Lombardy, and two further cases in the Veneto region. Six cases remain confirmed by authorities at the time of writing.

Codogno Mayor Francesco Passerini issued a decree on Friday ordering the immediate closure of schools, municipal offices, stores selling food, bars, discos, and sports facilities.

About 80 venues will be affected. The order could last between 48 hours to five days.

Local authorities have advised residents to stay at home and avoid social activities as a precaution.

Discovery of the cases “has created a situation of alarm throughout the municipality,” Passerini said.

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