Italian officials cancelled the Venice Carnival two days earlier than scheduled, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The regional governor Luca Zaia announced Sunday that Public and private meetings are being banned through March 1.
“We ask for the cooperation of all citizens. It's not an easy moment. But, with the data we have today, we can still hope to limit the contagion,” Zaia said. Italy has now the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe,152, and three people have died. The country has imposed strict quarantine restrictions in two northern "hotspot" regions close to Milan and Venice, affecting about 50,000 people. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Saturday that "extraordinary measures" would come into force to try to stem the rising number of coronavirus cases. Universities in Milan have been closed and the city's mayor, Giuseppe Sala, said schools would also close their doors.
Italy’s top soccer league, Serie A, is cancelling at least three games scheduled to be played in Lombardy and the nearby Veneto region: Atalanta vs. Sassuolo, Hellas Verona vs. Cagliari, and Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria. Giorgio Armani fashion house was holding Sunday’s Women’s Fashion Show behind closed doors, with no spectators. Italian authorities still have not tracked down the first carrier of coronavirus in the country. “We are asking basically that everyone who has come from areas stricken by the epidemic to remain under a mandatory house stay,” Italy’s Minister of Health Roberto Speranza said at a press conference.