An empty class room is pictured inside the Bicocca University in Milan, Italy, March 2, 2020.REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane
ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government has decided to close schools and universities across the country until mid-March in a further attempt to contain the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe, Ansa news agency reported on Wednesday.
The government shuttered schools and universities in the worst-affected regions in northern Italy some 10 days ago and quarantined a handful of towns at the epicenter of the outbreak. However, the contagion has spread, with at least 79 people dying and more than 2,500 infected.
Writing by Angelo Amante; Editing by Crispian Balmer
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