Italy is the most impacted country by COVID-19 outside of China, and is the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe. The region accounts for more than a third of the world's total Covid-19 related deaths and has the second-highest number of cases.
On 9 March, the Italian government imposed a national quarantine in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Citizens are only permitted to leave their homes for the purchase of essential goods, work or health emergencies.
Schools and all non-essential businesses are closed until at least 3 April throughout the entire country.
On 22 March Italy escalated the measures it is taking by banning movement within the country unless in case of emergency.