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Italy shuts down all non-essential services as virus toll rises

Italy shuts down all non-essential services as virus toll rises
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Thursday, 12 March, 2020, 10:45

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said bars, restaurants, hairdressers and non-essential company departments would also close.

He said the EU had "failed to take the same precautions" as the US,

However, he said the United Kingdom would be exempt from the new travel ban.

Earlier the World Health Organization (WHO) said the outbreak was a pandemic.

WHO chief Dr Tedros said cases outside China had soared 13-fold in two weeks.

He said he was "deeply concerned" by "alarming levels of inaction".