ROME

Italy’s prime minister announced late Monday that measures to combat the novel coronavirus would be extended nationwide as the country’s death toll from the outbreak climbed to 463 and the number of registered cases surged to over 9,000.

Giuseppe Conte said at a press conference that free movement within the country would be limited as part of a decree adopted by the Council of Ministers.

Conte said with the latest figures suggesting the government should take essential steps to battle the coronavirus, or COVID-19, the entire country would be a “red zone” and people should stay home.

He said

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