Virus cases in Italy soar 40%; US urges Americans not to go

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COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — The number of people infected in Italy with the new coronavirus rose 40% to 1,576 in just 24 hours, Italian authorities announced Sunday, adding that five more infected people had died. The news came as a new U.S. government advisory urged Americans not to travel to the two Italian regions hardest hit by the virus. That brings the number of deaths in Italy to 34 since cases of the virus exploded in the country on Feb. 21. Italian health authorities say the increase is expected since it takes as long as two weeks for containment measures to take effect, and because Italy has a large number of elderly people. The U.S. travel advisory cited quarantines set up in 10 towns in Lombardy and one in Veneto, with a combined population of 50,000 peo
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