Italian plane will be "detained" on arrival in Mauritius. The authorities "demand that all people on board quarantined or return directly back" amid concerns about the coronavirus that killed SIX in Italy.
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🔹 Passengers from the Italian regions most affected were detained on an Alitalia flight after arrival in Mauritius.
🔹 Forty of them have finally decided to return to northern Italy, where the number of virus deaths has risen to six.
🔹 Two men aged 84 and 88 and a woman in a hospital in Brescia were confirmed as victims four, five and six.
🔹 Britain said the "threat is low", while France has rejected requests to close its mountain border with Italy.
🔹 Italy confirmed 219 cases of the virus, by far the highest number outside of China, Japan and South Korea.
🔹 Lombardy and Veneto closed cities and banned public demonstrations with closed schools to stop the virus.
🔹 A passenger left a flight from London to Milan today because he fears that tourists may spread the virus throughout Europe.
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Coronavirus in ItalyAn Italian passenger plane was grounded today in Mauritius for fear of the coronavirus, after Italy confirmed its sixth death from the virus in the first major outbreak in Europe.
Dozens of passengers from Lombardy and Veneto - Italy's two most affected regions - have been ordered to return home or be quarantined in the Indian Ocean country, the airline Alitalia said.
Forty of the 224 people on board have finally decided to return to northern Italy, where 50,000 people have been placed under house arrest, schools have been closed and public demonstrations have been banned to drastically contain the virus.
It is still unclear whether other passengers or crew members were quarantined in Mauritius, after initial reports indicate that there were about 30 more people on board the plane from the affected regions.
Three more deaths were confirmed today in Lombardy after an 84-year-old patient from Bergamo, an 88-year-old man from Caselle Landi and a woman in a hospital in Brescia died from the virus, bringing the number of deaths in Italy to six.
The epidemic has raised fears that tourists returning from Italy may cause the epidemic to spread throughout Europe, with many Britons returning to school and work after today's intermission.
A British Airways flight to Milan was delayed this morning after a British passenger panicked in Heathrow shortly before departure, presumably due to fear of contracting the virus.
BA said it would "review the situation today", but the British government insisted that "the threat to the British public is currently low".
Not even the Foreign Office's advice to British tourists to "follow the instructions of local authorities" has changed, while Ireland has gone further and advised against going to virus hotspots.
A man returning to the UK from Codogno - one of the closed cities - said he called the National Health Service today, but was told to "continue as usual".
Diego Gullo went into voluntary quarantine and expressed doubts about the UK response after the NHS suggested his wife and children go to a reception centre.
France rejected requests to close the border with Italy, although today passengers of a bus from Milan were detained in Lyon after the driver was taken to hospital with possible symptoms of the virus.
🔹 Italy confirmed 219 cases of the virus, by far the highest number outside China, Japan and South Korea.
The authorities in Lombardy and Veneto closed 11 cities and banned public events, including trade fairs, while the famous Milan Cathedral was closed to visitors and bars and restaurants were closed.
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