Italy has placed up to sixteen million people under quarantine in its battle to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Anyone living in Lombardy and fourteen other central and northern provinces, including Milan and Venice will need special permission to travel.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country.
The measures, the most radical taken outside China, will last until third April.
Italy has seen the largest number of coronavirus infections in Europe, with the number of confirmed cases jumping by more than one thousand, two hundred to five thousand, eight hundred and eighty-three on Saturday.
The Army’s Chief of Staff, Salvatore Farina was one of the latest to test positive.