Some regions in the southern European nation face draconian restrictions such as school closures as of today. Rome and Milan are among the country’s biggest cities affected by new rules, which will apply to three-quarters of the population.
The measures were imposed by Italian Prime minister Mario Draghi, who warned the nation is facing a “new wave” of the pathogen.
Foreign travel into Italy will also be banned until early April, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has advised.
In a statement, the FCDO wrote: “From March 6 until April 6, entry into Italy is only permitted to residents or those with absolute necessity including urgent work, health needs or study requirements.”
Those who need to travel to Italy will have to comply with a series of strict measures, including a mandatory quarantine.
The FCDO added: “Until April 6, those wishing to fly must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test taken no more than 72 hours before entry into Italy.
“You must also take a COVID-19 rapid antigenic or molecular swab test within 48 hours of entering Italy – arrivals by air from the UK will take this test at the airport.
“Whatever the result of the two swab tests, those arriving in Italy from the UK must also report to their local health authorities on arrival and self-isolate for 14 days.”
The news comes after French hospitals began to struggle coping with the coronavirus admissions.