The World Health Organization on Sunday saluted Italy’s “genuine sacrifices” after the government put a quarter of the population under lockdown to try to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The government & the people of Italy are taking bold, courageous steps aimed at slowing the spread of the #coronavirus & protecting their country & world,” WHO director-genral Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet.

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“They are making genuine sacrifices. @WHO stands in solidarity with Italy & is here to continue supporting you.”

Interactive map of COVID-19 virus spread — Reuters

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