Italy’s PM to quarantine up to 16 million people in 15 provinces
On Sunday, the number of people to have died from the coronavirus in Italy rose to 366, with 7,375 cases confirmed.
British nationals remain able to depart Italy without restriction.
Previously the Foreign Office only advised against travel to 11 quarantined towns in the Lombardy and Veneto regions which were believed to be at the centre of the outbreak in Italy.
Following the isolation measures imposed by the Italian authorities on 8 March, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is now advising against all but essential travel to the entire Lombardy region, as well as the provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.
The move has been made following consultations with Italian authorities and the chief medical officer, the department said.