The Metro reports:
Authorities in Italy have announced that all stores except pharmacies and food outlets will close in response to the country’s coronavirus outbreak. So-far, 827 people have died from Covid-19 inside Italy, whereas 12,462 have been infected with the virus in the country.
Today Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte thanked the public for cooperating with the already unprecedented travel and social restrictions that took effect this week, but said the nation needed to ‘go another step’ further.
In a Facebook Live, he announced that only pharmacies, groceries and stores selling ‘essential items’ will remain open to the public.
BREAKING: Italy is closing all stores except pharmacies and grocery stores to battle the coronavirus outbreak. https://t.co/yEYsyTRlN4
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 11, 2020
Breaking News: Italy ordered all businesses except pharmacies, grocery stores and banks to close, tightening a lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak https://t.co/0FEYff9ECY
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 11, 2020