A military officer in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan on Tuesday after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared a nationwide lockdown.

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Italy on Tuesday entered its first day of a nationwide lockdown.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the unprecedented measure after a surge of coronavirus cases.

At least 9,100 people have been infected, and 463 have died, officials said Monday night. Italy has the highest death toll in the world outside China.

The northern region of Lombardy and 14 nearby provinces, where an estimated 16 million people live, had been quarantined starting Sunday.

The restriction zone has now been expanded to encompass the entire country of 60 million people.

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