Italy Bans Kissing as Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 100

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The Italian government is taking action as the country's death toll from coronavirus rises.

COVID-19 has taken 28 more lives in the past 24 hours in Italy, which brings the total to 107, reports Daily Mail.

As the country's deaths from the infectious virus have surpassed 100 people, the government implemented a plan that closed all schools and universities.

Additionally, the government, under Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, is expected to release new rules advising the nation not to kiss.

Italy has the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths of any country outside of China, where the toll is 3,089 as of March 4.

As part of the crisis response plan, Italian schools and universities will be closed until mid-March.

The guidelines for the rules, expected to be released on Wednesday, advise people to stand three feet apart at all times, even indoors, and avoid hugging, kissing and shaking hands.

The three northern regions in the “red zone” include Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. Those areas have already had their schools closed since last month.

The spread of the virus has people all across the world on edge.

Experts say avoiding infection means washing your hands, including the tips of your fingers, for 20 seconds, keeping your hands away from your face and sneezing into the crook of your arm and not into your hands.

Since this virus has spread, the demand for face masks has gone up. Amazon users have noticed a significant spike in the price of masks due to their high demand in various countries.

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