Military officers wearing face masks stand outside Duomo cathedral, closed by authorities due to a coronavirus outbreak, in Milan, Italy February 24, 2020.
REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
Italy is scrambling to try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus within its borders as cases of COVID-19 soar and five people are reported dead, making it the most infected country outside Asia.
The country has put at least a dozen towns under lockdown, canceled public events in major regions, and debated closing its borders with neighboring countries.
Other European countries are worried about how the virus might spread. Austria temporarily closed its rail services, and France is monitoring people coming in from Italy.
Italy is scrambling to counter a COVID-19 outbreak after a sharp spike