Italy’s coronavirus death toll has jumped by 97 to 463, as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte described the outbreak as the country’s “darkest hour”.
The number of confirmed infections in Italy also increased to 9,172, up from 7,375 on Sunday, official figures show.
Italy is the worst-hit country after China, with cases of the virus confirmed in all 20 Italian regions.
Italy’s government has pledged to further increase spending to offset the economic impact of the outbreak as the country struggles to adapt to the most restrictive limits on movement since World War Two.
Up to 16 million people in northern Italy now need permission to travel under quarantine rules.
The coronavirus causes the Covid-19 disease. In severe cases, patients have pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and multiple organ failure that can lead to death.
the strict new quarantine measures will last until 3 April, the government says.
They affect a quarter of the Italian population, and centre on the rich northern part of the country that powers the economy.
The restrictions apply to Lombardy and 14 other provinces: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.
The UK Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to these areas
All schools and universities in the area are shut, as well as museums, cinemas and swimming pools.