Bergamo center has been left empty with bars, restaurants and boutiques all closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A little more than half of those new cases occurred in Lombardy, Italy.
Spanish authorities meanwhile said the number of infections in the country climbed past 5,700, with half of them in the capital, Madrid.
That represents a national increase of over 1,500 in 24 hours. The country had 136 deaths, up from 120.
Spain has the fifth-highest number of cases, behind China, Italy, Iran and South Korea.
In a nationally televised address on Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gave details of exceptional measures being put in place as part of a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in infections.
Two ministers of Sanchez’s Cabinet, the minister of equality and the minister of regional affairs, had already tested positive earlier in the week
Saturday evening , the Spainish government announced that Sanchez’s wife has tested positive for coronavirus. Begona Gomez and the prime minister are in good health.
In a lockdown similar to the one already imposed in Italy, people will be allowed to leave their homes only to buy food and medicine, commute to work, go to hospitals and banks, or take trips related to the care of the young and the elderly. All schools and universities have been closed . This lockdown also affects restaurants, bars, hotels and other non-essential retail businesses.
‘From now we enter into a new phase,’ Sanchez said after a Cabinet meeting that lasted over seven hours. ‘We won’t hesitate in doing what we must to beat the virus. We are putting health first.’
Meanwhile, it was announced that all French ski resorts are closing today and will not reopen for the rest of the season.
‘The ski season ends today,’ Domaines Skiables de France, which groups the country’s resort operators, said on Twitter.
‘Holiday-makers and professionals, we’re all passionate about skiing and must face up to the seriousness of the situation.’