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Giuseppe Conte said that a new government decree will require all Italians to meet a limited set of criteria — such as a need to work or health conditions — in order to travel outside the areas where they live.
"There won't be just a red zone," Conte told reporters. "There will be Italy."
Italy registered 1,807 more confirmed cases as of Monday evening, for a national total of 9,172, the most cases of the virus outside of China. The number of dead in Italy also increased by 97 to 463.
Early Sunday, Conte signed a decree attempting to lock down 16 million people in Italy's prosperous north — including the entire Lombardy region and 14 provinces in the Piemonte, Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions — until April 3.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.