The whole of Italy is being put on lockdown as the country tries to stop the spread of coronavirus.
All public gatherings will be banned, sports events including football matches are suspended, and movement is being severely restricted across the nation in a bid to contain COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
Italian media is reporting that moments after the announcement, supermarkets were stormed by people frantically buying up food and other essentials.
Italy is Europe’s worst-hit nation in the outbreak with 463 virus-related deaths, an increase of almost 100 in a 24-hour period, and more than 9,000 confirmed infections in just over two weeks.
Until 3 April, around 60 million people will effectively be under quarantine by the strict measures which had already been introduced in northern and some central areas over the weekend.Photo Credit: Getty