Italy bans internal travel as a further 651 die

Italy has banned all travel within the country, in a further escalation of its attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was announced as all non-essential businesses including car, clothing and furniture makers were ordered to close and a further 651 people died from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Other countries are also stepping up their efforts to control the disease, urging people to stay at home.

Spain, the second-worst affected country in Europe, plans to extend a state of emergency until April 11, after recording more than 1,700 deaths.