Italian top-flight football matches postponed due to coronavirus

A British Airways plane

A British Airways plane

According to the latest report, 150 new deaths due to coronavirus infections have been confirmed, taking the total death toll because of the deadly virus to almost 2,600.

Juventus shares fell 11% on the Milan stock exchange in early trading on Monday, forcing a suspension in trading.

There have been more than 79,000 suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with China revealing on Monday that more than 3,000 of those were members of its medical staff.

Four Serie A football matches were postponed in the wake of the virus outbreak, while the Women's Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland was cancelled.

Local governments have shut down all public events and gatherings, schools, nurseries, museums and public offices.

The first cases of coronavirus infection in Italy were recorded in January this year.

In Veneto region, in the northeast of the country, a fatal case occurred on February 21 with a confirmed diagnosis of "coronavirus".

The cancer patient had been hospitalised for a few days, said Lombardy's health chief, Giulio Gallera.

Italy's vice minister for health, Pier Paolo Silveri, said the country was appealing to Italians' "civic sense" to abide by the containment measures for the two weeks that the northern quarantine has been imposed. While most fashion houses held shows as usual Sunday, Giorgio Armani and Laura Biagiotti presented their collections behind closed doors, streaming live for the fashion public. While the Austrians consider as an option the restoration of border controls at the Italian border, in Italy too, there are voices on strengthening vigilance on the borders of the country.

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"At the moment I can't say if we will continue with the same measures next week".

The first Italian fatality from the virus this weekend was a 78-year-old former construction company owner, who died in Padua in the Veneto region. In this patient, his pregnant wife and girl friend coronavirus tests were positive. Believers can come to pray, but cannot attend masses, as the Archbishop of Milan said.

Milan, a city of 1.3 million people, was much quieter than normal for a Monday morning. "There isn't anyone without health assistance or without the support of civil protection", he said. He exhibited flu-like symptoms at the time of the dinner, but has since tested negative for the virus, media reports said.

Also in Asia, the Japanese hockey federation canceled its national women's team's games against North America's top players because of the virus.

The increase in cases in Iran, South Korea and Italy "is also a matter of concern and how the virus is now spreading to other parts of the world", Tedros added. "We should act as a union here, not individually".

Some officials are calling for calm.

Paolo Gentiloni, European commissioner for the economy and a former prime minister of Italy, told CNBC "there is absolutely no reason for panic".

However, political infighting over the virus has already erupted in Italy.

"Conte is on hard ground: He's got to find an explanation for the big spread of the virus", said Sofia Ventura, a political science professor at Bologna University.

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