Italy now has the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities after China, as the death toll soared from 133 to 336 people in a day
On Sunday, 8 March, the government of Italy imposed a lockdown on several parts of the country, which quarantined about 16 million people
The quarantined zones include Lombardy, which is the entire northern region, as well as its capital Milan and the city of Venice.
Under the lockdown terms, people are barred from entering or leaving the areas until 3 April, unless they have proven work-related reasons or health problems.
Italy's museums, cinemas, and ski slopes have also been ordered to close – even weddings have been put on hold until 3 April
"We are facing a national emergency," Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, in a statement reported by Bernama.
"We have two objectives: to contain the spread of the infection... and to avoid overburdening our hospitals."
According to BBC, Italy's government announced last week that it will close all universities and schools for 10 days.
Meanwhile, 10 new COVID-19 cases were recently confirmed in Malaysia, bringing the total to almost 100 cases
All of the latest cases linked back to patient 26, who is the Khazanah Nasional executive director Hisham Hamdan, reported the Ministry of Health.
Hong Leong's takaful headquarters in Petaling Jaya confirmed today that one of their staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, 6 March.
Free Malaysia Today reported that several members who had direct contact with the patient have been quarantined since 2 March.