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Italy hit by earthquake after country is put on lockdown

(METRO) The entire country has been put on lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, extending previous travel restrictions, with soldiers and police enforcing bans.

In the province of Lucca, in Tuscany, people reported feeling the ground shaking beneath them and a roar from the subsoil.

Numerous phone calls were made to the emergency services when the earthquake hit at just after 2.17pm, ANSA Chronicle reported.

The Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology measured it a 2.6 magnitude earthquake at a depth of around five miles. There have been no initial reports of any damage as a result of the tremor.

Some 9,172 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Italy, with 463 deaths, and there is a growing sense that the numbers will only worsen. READ MORE

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