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UK News Coronavirus warning: Travellers from lockdown zones in Italy must self-isolate

12:05  25 february  2020
12:05  25 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Anyone returning to the UK from parts of northern Italy now on lockdown because of coronavirus must self - isolate , the chief medical officer has said. So far 13 people in the UK have tested positive for COVID-19 - the latest four were travellers rescued from the Diamond Princess in Japan.

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Tourists in downtown Milan, Italy, were seen wearing masks © PA Tourists in downtown Milan, Italy, were seen wearing masks Anyone returning to the UK from parts of northern Italy now on lockdown because of coronavirus must self-isolate, the chief medical officer has said.

The government has updated its travel advice to say anyone returning from specific areas should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 - even if they do not have symptoms.

People returning from the wider region - anywhere above but not including Pisa, Florence and Rimini - who do have flu-like symptoms must also self-isolate.

The latest advice could impact people returning from half-term skiing holidays.

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The Italian government on Saturday said it was considering "extraordinary measures" to fight the coronavirus following the deaths of two citizens. The outbreak has also caused Italian authorities to place several towns on lockdown amid a large increase in the number of cases

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he didn't think any Britons were trapped in the areas being quarantined by the Italian government but the "significant outbreak" of cases there was "worrying".

"I'm pretty worried," he told Sky News' Kay Burley@Breakfast. "We've got the plans in place. At the moment the containment here is going well, but it's my job to be worried.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: More cases have been reported in Italy, as the disease grows in Europe © Imagebridge More cases have been reported in Italy, as the disease grows in Europe

"That's what you'd expect of a health secretary in the middle of what is a global outbreak.

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"There is a good chance that we contain this at this sort of level where the number of cases - although we expect more cases in the UK - the number of cases is relatively low as now."

COVD-19 has been fatal in 2% of reported cases, with the elderly and ill the most vulnerable, according to the World Health Organisation.

More than 200 people have had the disease and five have died, with a further two fatalities reported, in Italy so far.

Among the worst-affected regions is Lombardy, which includes the country's financial capital of Milan where major football games have been called off and cinemas and theatres were closed.

a bunch of items that are on display in a store: Masks have sold out in some shops in Rome © Imagebridge Masks have sold out in some shops in Rome

Authorities there are scrambling to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe, which has prompted Austria to assemble a special taskforce to consider border controls.

There are thought to be 12 towns on lockdown at the moment containing at least 50,000 inhabitants, with 500 police controlling 43 access points.

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Coronavirus warning : Travellers from lockdown zones in Italy must self - isolate . On Sunday evening, Austria refused entry to a train coming from Italy after the Italian State Railways informed Austrian train operator OBB that there were two people with fever symptoms on board.

Those who refuse to stay put inside the zones could be jailed for up to three months.

Oladimeji Mudele, who is studying for a PhD in Pavia - which is on lockdown - told Sky News on Tuesday morning most of his fellow students from southern Italy had returned home.

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The streets are near-empty with shops closed and public gatherings at the university suspended, he added.

Questions have also been raised over whether the upcoming Six Nations rugby match between Italy and England due to take place in Stadio Olimpico in Rome could have to go ahead in Twickenham instead, if the coronvairus threat grows.

A spokesperson for the company told Sky News they were monitoring the situation and in regular contact with the Italian authorities.

Mr Hancock reassured travellers it is still "reasonable" to travel to southern Italy and official advice to those heading there has not been changed.

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China, and was identified on 16 January.

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