The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has announced a country-wide lockdown because of the deadly outbreak of the Coronavirus, which has now claimed the lives of 463 people and a total of 9,172 cases of infected persons in the country.
Guiseppe Conte also informed the public that the Serie A is to undergo an indefinite suspension as the country is currently struggling to contain the spread of the Covid-19.
The lockdown measures have already been in place in the northern part of Italy and it involves the banning of public gatherings and restricting all the people's movement to just work and emergency services.
Conte said during a press conference:
"There is no more time, the numbers tell us there is a significant increase in the contagion, in intensive care and the deaths,
”Our habits have to change, we must sacrifice something for the good of all of Italy. This is why we will adopt even more stringent measures.
"I will sign the new decree, which can be summed up with the phrase ‘I am staying at home.’ There are no more red zones, there is just an Italy that is protected.
"We must avoid travel unless for proven work reasons, health reasons or other necessities. We ban large public gatherings.
"We also have more stringent measures in mind for sporting events. Serie A and all sporting tournaments in general are suspended. All the fans must accept that.”
The country’s new conditions were effected from Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020, and it will affect the country's 60 million populace.
The banning of public gatherings includes all sports events and public events, closing theatres and cinemas, gyms, drinking venues, funerals and weddings.