It’s a lockdown in a European country of a type not seen since times of war. The Italian government has banned all large public gatherings and people can’t travel inside the country without an exceptional reason and a permit.
It’s all happening while the total number of dead there jumped to more than 600 today.
Here, the Foreign Office has told people not to travel to Italy and anyone who returns from there should self-isolate for 2 weeks.
Jane Deith reports.