Italy to close all schools, universities over virus: news agency

Italy to close all schools, universities over virus: news agency.

FILE: A tourist wearing a protective respiratory mask walks outside the Coliseum in downtown Rome on 28 February 2020 amid fears of COVID-19 epidemic. Picture: AFP

ROME - Italy is closing all schools and universities from Thursday until mid-March to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ansa and other Italian news agencies cited government sources as saying.

The measure was one of several being considered by the government at a meeting on Wednesday to combat COVID-19, which has killed 79 people in Italy and infected more than 2,500, the most in Europe.

More to follow.