Italy suspended all schools and universities until the middle of March amid coronavirus outbreak in the country, local media reported Wednesday.

Italy is the worst-hit country by the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe as 79 people died because of the deadly virus, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

Some 2,263 people have also been infected with the virus in the country and 160 of them recovered.

The Italian government has been taking measures to curb the negative effects of the outbreak on the economy.

To prevent further spread of the virus, it urges people to not shake hands, to stop all

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