* Italy has 233 deaths from coronavirus and more than 4,600 confirmed cases
* Government will bring in 20,000 additional staff to fight escalating epidemic
* Global coronavirus death toll hit 3,000 with more than 100,000 confirmed cases
Italy has expanded its lockdown to 11 provinces while enforcing a range of harsh laws aimed at containing the deadly coronavirus after the number of deaths spiked by 36 in a single day.
A new set of national emergency measures is due to be released tonight, which will ban entry to, and exit from, the entire Lombardy region around Milan to limit the spread of the coronavirus as well as areas around and including Venice and the northern cities of Parma and Rimini.
A draft of the government resolution obtained by Italy’s Corriere Della Sera newspaper and other media said movement into and out of the regions would be severely restricted until April 3.
Milan is the Italian financial capital and has a population of just under 1.4 million people.
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