(Bloomberg) -- Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he’ll ban travel to and from the areas of the country which have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases surged to 76.

All work activities, public events and schools have been shut in the affected areas, the prime minister said at a press conference in Rome after cases were reported in five different regions.

A family has been quarantined in Codogno, in the northern region of Lombardy, where dozens of cases have been identified, he said. Conte also announced laws that will allow ministers to intervene as needed to contain the outbreak, such as stopping sporting events or closing schools.

The Schengen Agreement, a free-movement treaty covering about 26 European countries, won’t be suspended, he said.

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