In pictures: Streets of Milan deserted as residents stay indoors over coronavirus fears

Andy WellsFreelance Writer
Yahoo News UK

As cases of coronavirus in Italy reach 400, residents have started to stay indoors over fears they will catch the illness.

Stark pictures from Milan, where tourists and locals usually mix in their thousands, instead show streets that are deserted.

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Flights to the area are already affected by the outbreak, with British Airways cancelling dozens of trips to the fashion and financial hub in the north of Italy.

Italy has sought to rally international support for its coronavirus containment efforts as the UN's health agency urged an increased response.

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Italian premier Giuseppe Conte's government appealed to European neighbours for cooperation, not isolation and discrimination.

Italy has been struggling to contain the rapidly spreading outbreak that made it the country with more coronavirus cases outside Asia than anywhere else.

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Hard-hit Lombardy, where 10 towns are on army-guarded lockdowns, still had the most cases with 288 - four of them children.

But Veneto saw a spike of 28 cases overnight, bringing its total to 71.

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Restaurants and bars lie empty as coronavirus fears spread in Milan.
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Areas usually filled with locals and tourists are instead littered with small pockets of people wearing face masks.
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Northern Italy has seen a major outbreak of coronavirus.
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Biffi, the famous and iconic restaurant in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, lies empty.
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Italy has been struggling to contain the rapidly spreading outbreak.
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Via Paolo Sarpi, the main road of the Chinese neighbourhood, is seen empty during rush hour.
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Some of those in Milan took advantage of an empty Biffi restaurant to grab a meal.
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A single passenger using public transport wears a protective mask.
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Cotrso Matteotti in the city centre is seen empty.
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Via degli Omenoni in the city centre is seen empty during the outbreak.
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Galleria del Toro is entirely absent of people as Italy struggles to deal with containing coronavirus.
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A deserted Largo Augusto in the city centre is a stark reminder of how fear of catching the virus has taken hold.
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A main road in the Bicocca neighbourhood is devoid of any traffic.
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A main road in the centre of the city lies deserted in the middle of the day.
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Roads and squares in the CityLife neighbourhood in the city centre, usually full of people, are seen empty.
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A man wearing a mask walks on an empty street in the Brera Neighbourhood.
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