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Italy cancels Venice Carnival in bid to halt spread of virus

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Posted at 12:58 PM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 12:58:32-05

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italian authorities have announced they are shutting down Venice's famed Carnival events in a bid to stop the spread of the novel virus, as numbers of infected persons in the country have soared to at least 152, the largest amount of cases outside Asia.

The Veneto regional governor said the shutdown will begin Sunday evening. Carnival, which draws tens of thousands of visitors to the lagoon city, would have run through Tuesday.

Nearly all of Italy's cases are clustered in the north, including in the northeast Veneto region which includes Venice.

Authorities say they haven't pinpointed the source of the outbreak.