ArmInfo. The Armenian Foreign Ministry once again turned to the citizens of the Republic of Armenia, who are at that moment in Italy.
Thus, in the appeal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in particular, it is noted: "Given the preventive measures taken by the Italian authorities in connection with the epidemiological situation related to the spread of the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19), we urge RA citizens to strictly refrain from visiting Italy, and those already there "interrupt the trip and return to Armenia. We urge the citizens of Armenia to be in constant contact with the Armenian Embassy in Italy."
Note that emergency measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Italy are now valid throughout the country. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered the expansion of quarantine measures, including the restriction of public gatherings and sporting events, as well as the closure of schools throughout the country. Previously, quarantine was valid only in the northern regions.
"The numbers tell us that we have seen a significant increase in the number of people in intensive care units and, unfortunately, who have died. I am going to sign an order that can be summarized by the expression" I will stay at home. "There will no longer be a red zone, zone number 1 and 2, but all of Italy will become a protected zone, "Conte said, adding that the new measures will come into force on Tuesday morning. Conte said that now throughout Italy should "avoid movement except in confirmed circumstances of necessity, due to work or in connection with health." "We are adding to this order a ban on people gathering outdoors in working establishments," Conte said.
In accordance with the new measures, all bars and restaurants in Italy should close at six in the evening. Their work in the daytime is possible only with respect to the distance between visitors. Studying at schools and universities is terminated until April 3. Pubs, discos, and gambling halls are closing. All ceremonies are forbidden, including weddings, funerals and church services, theaters, cinemas, museums and gyms do not work. However, Conte stressed that the new measures will not entail any consequences for the operation of public transport.
In Italy, more than 9.1 thousand cases of infection with a new type of virus have been recorded, 724 people have already recovered, 463 have died. The total number of cases of coronavirus infection in Italy per day increased by almost 2 thousand, the number of victims increased by almost 100.