Coronavirus: Schools, universities to stay shut as Italy death toll rises to 29, cases over 1,000

Coronavirus: Schools, universities to stay shut as Italy death toll rises to 29, cases over 1,000

The Straits Times - World·2020-02-29 23:43

ROME (REUTERS) - Schools and universities will stay closed for a second consecutive week in three northern Italian regions in an effort to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of coronavirus, dashing any hopes of a swift return to normality.

The decision was taken as the death toll from the contagion rose by eight during the day to 29, while the total number of cases jumped by 240 to 1,128 – the vast majority in the wealthy regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia Romagna.

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