Italy has extended its emergency coronavirus measures, which include travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings, to the entire country.
On Monday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered people to stay home and seek permission for essential travel.
He said the measures were designed to protect the most vulnerable. “There is no more time,” he said in a TV address.
Italy’s coronavirus death toll jumped from 366 to 463 on Monday. It is the worst-hit country after China.
The number of confirmed infection also increased by 24% from Sunday, official figures showed.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in all 20 Italian regions.
Mr Conte said the best thing was for people to stay at home. “We’re having an important growth in infection… and of deaths,” he said in an evening address.
“The whole of Italy will become a protected zone,” he added.
In an earlier interview with La Repubblica newspaper, Mr Conte said of the outbreak: “I have been thinking about the old speeches of [Winston] Churchill – it is our darkest hour, but we will make it”
Mr Conte described the measures as “I stay home” – with people forbidden to gather in public. “No more nightlife; we can’t allow this anymore since they are occasions for contagion,” he said.
All sporting events – including football matches – are suspended nationwide. Schools and universities will remain closed until 3 April.
The government said only those with a valid work or family reason that cannot be postponed will be allowed to travel.
Passengers departing on flights will have to justify themselves, as will all those who arrive by plane.
There are controls at train stations to check the temperatures of passengers. Cruise ships are also forbidden to dock at various ports.
Earlier on Monday, seven inmates died amid riots at prisons across the country after authorities suspended all visits as part of attempts to control the spread of the disease.
The trouble began in the northern city of Modena at the Sant’Anna prison.
It is thought that at least two of the dead lost their lives to drug overdoses after they raided a prison hospital for the heroin substitute methadone.
At San Vittore prison in Milan, detainees set fire to a cell block, then climbed onto the roof through windows and started waving banners, officials said.
At a prison in the southern city of Foggia, dozens of inmates broke out of the building during protests. Many were quickly recaptured, Italy’s Ansa news agency reported. Nine are still missing.
There were also riots at other prisons in northern Italy and at facilities in Naples and Rome.
The number of infections worldwide is now more than 111,000, with about 3,890 deaths.
Burkina Faso has confirmed two coronavirus cases – the country’s first, the health ministry reported. The patients are pf Burkinabe origin and had returned from France in February, Minister Claudine Lougue told reporters.
The man is 73-years-old and the woman is 57. They tested positive for the virus on Monday and have been placed in isolation, authorities say.
A third person who was reportedly in close contact with the couple has been placed under observation. Burkina Faso becomes the sixth sub-Saharan African country to report positive tests for coronavirus.
West Africa is the is second most impacted region with single-digit cases reported in Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. Cameroon is the only country in Central Africa with two cases whiles in southern Africa only South Africa has seven cases.
North Africa is the most impacted region with only Libya having escaped infection so far. Egypt has 55 cases whiles Algeria has 20, Tunisia, Morocco have 5 and 2 cases respectively.