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US advisory warns Americans not travel to 2 Italian regions

Italy Virus Outbreak
Posted at 10:36 AM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 10:46:01-05

MILAN -- A new U.S. government advisory on Sunday urged Americans not to travel to two Italian regions hardest hit by a new virus, raising the level of warning for the Lombard and Veneto regions to the highest-level.

The advisory cited quarantines set up in 10 Lombard towns and one in Veneto, with a combined population of 50,000 people, as well as the ‘’the level of community transmission of the virus."

It follows an earlier warning late Friday to avoid non-essential travel to all of Italy, where more than 1,100 cases were confirmed through Saturday along with 29 deaths.