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Italy bans travel from Brazil, 12 other high-risk virus countries

Italy closed its borders on Thursday to travellers from 13 countries, including Brazil, deeming them high-risk places for the spread of coronavirus infections.

Italy closed its borders on Thursday to travellers from 13 countries, including Brazil, deeming them high-risk places for the spread of coronavirus infections.

The travel ban applies to Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic, the Health Ministry said.

“Globally, the pandemic is in its most acute phase. We cannot jeopardize the sacrifices made by Italians in these months. This is why we have chosen the path of utmost caution,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza said.

People who have stayed in or transited through these countries two weeks before entering Italy are to be blocked at the border, the ministry said.

Italy also suspended direct and indirect flight connections to the countries in question.

This week, Italy has been battling with a flare-up of novel coronavirus cases linked to arrivals from Bangladesh, which on Tuesday led Speranza to ban incoming flights from the country.

In Italy, the coronavirus epidemic is well past its critical phase, but there are fears that various new clusters could trigger a second wave of infections.

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