Italy is currently in the midst of the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, and six people there have died from the disease so far, The New York Times reported. Additionally, the number of cases rose to 219 on Monday from 152 the day prior.
With the near-overnight surge in confirmed cases, it begs the question: Is it still safe to travel to Italy right now? Here’s what we know.
Italian officials have yet to find patient zero, but in the meantime, are taking extra precautions in Lombardy and Veneto — including closing universities and museums, and canceling mass, weddings, and funerals.
Angelo Borrelli, head of Italy’s civil protection agency, said the hotspots where the virus has been found are not expanding, as those areas are under quarantine.
He also added that the outbreak remains in a contained area, and it is safe to travel to Italy. As of the time of publication, the U.S. State Department lists Italy as a Level 2 destination, last updated in January.