Italy is getting ready to lock down at least 16 million people in the region of Lombardy and in 11 other provinces in the north and east of the country,BBC reports.
Within this quarantine, no one can enter or exit these provinces without a proper permission.
This mandatory quarantine will last until early April according to the reports.
The dramatic escalation in the country's efforts to contain the new deadly coronavirus will close gyms, pools, museums and ski resorts.
Italy is Europe's most affected country and reported a steep rise in virus infections on Saturday.
The new measures, which also apply to financial centre Milan and tourist hotspot Venice, could take effect as early as Sunday and will last until 3 April.
The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with officials reporting more than 50 deaths in 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases jumped by more than 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday.
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