The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising Irish citizens not to travel to the Italian region of Lombardy or 14 other provinces placed in lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.


It is also cautioning against non-essential travel to the regions of Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Piedmont, and Le Marche.


Around 16 million Italians have been quarantined under drastic government measures set out shortly after midnight last night.


The total number of cases in the country is now 5,883 while 233 have died there since the outbreak began.


Italy based Journalist Paddy Agnew says he expects people will take the quarantine laws seriously:


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