By Giada Zampano


Italy will close all its shops, bars, restaurants and main commercial activities except essential services in its latest effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the key
announcement late Wednesday in a speech to the nation after the death toll from the virus jumped by 196 in only 24 hours to 827 with a total of 10,590 confirmed cases in the country – the most hard-hit in Europe.

Conte said the new restrictions will be imposed nationally for at least two weeks, after which the main effects of the new

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