February 25, 2020 / 10:17 AM / a month ago

UK warns against travelling to Italian coronavirus towns

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain advised its citizens to avoid travelling to almost a dozen towns in northern Italy and to self isolate if they had flu-like symptoms after the death toll there from Europe’s worst outbreak of coronavirus rose on Tuesday.

Britain advised against all but essential travel to 10 small towns in the Lombardy region and one in Veneto.

“Those who have been to northern Italy - that is essentially anybody who has been to Italy north of Pisa - should, if they have flu-like symptoms, self isolate,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

“If people have been to the affected areas that the Italian government has quarantined, then they should self isolate whether or not they have symptoms,” Hancock said.

Britain’s Health Ministry also advised travellers returning from Iran, the special care zones of South Korea and China’s Hubei province to self isolate even if they had no symptoms.

Those returning from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar should self isolate if they develop symptoms, the ministry said.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Alistair Smout and Alison Williams

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