Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has signed emergency legislation ordering the closure of all schools and universities throughout Italy, from 5 – 15 March, as the country seeks to contain the spread of a Coronavirus outbreak.

The news – follows earlier reports in Italian media which were subsequently denied by the government but not before being reported around the world.
Italian schools are already closed in the northern regions worst hit by the Coronavirus emergency – as well as in Piemonte and Friuli Venezia Giulia and in the province of Savona, in Liguria, and Pesaro-Urbino, in Marche.
The Italian government has also issued a set of nationwide guidelines to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, which are in place for the next month.

The guidelines include avoiding greeting people with handshakes, hugs or kisses; avoiding crowded places; and using a handkerchief when coughing or sneezing.