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Ryanair and Aer Lingus monitor the impact of conronavirus on travel in Italy

Irish airlines held a brief interview on Sunday after Italian authorities announced closure in the north of the country following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

Italy has temporarily banned public events in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto following an increase in the number of confirmed virus cases to 130 from three over the weekend.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus both fly to Milan in Lombardy. Ryanair said that flights to and from Milan continue normally.

Aer Lingus said it “monitors the situation and follows all the guidelines of the competent authorities regarding this issue”.

The three airports serving Milan continued their services normally. Two of them, Linate and Malpensa, told passengers that regular activity continued.

The third, Bergamo, where Ryanair has a base, has maintained normal operations.

A notice on its website sent advice to those returning from the countries concerned to the Italian health authorities.

Lombardy and Veneto said they would close schools for a week starting on Monday, while the affected regions postponed carnivals, football games and fashion shows.

The fashion houses Giorgio Armani and Laura Biagiotte held shows without spectators on Sunday. The events have been scheduled within the Milan Fashion Week.

The top Italian competition, Serie A, has postponed three games, Atalanta against Sassuolo, Hellas Verona against Cagliari and Inter against Sampdoria. The famous La Scala theater in Milan was forced to cancel the shows.

The Venice Carnival, celebrated for the beginning of Lent this week, has also been suspended.

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