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CODOGNO, Italy (AP) —  Police are manning checkpoints around sealed-off towns in the north of Italy as authorities seek to contain the virus from China.

At least 219 people in the region have tested positive for the virus and five people have died. But officials still haven’t pinpointed the origin of the contagion, which prompted Austria to temporarily halt rail traffic across the border.

Italy has issued a quarantine that will impact more than 100,000 people, according to the country’s civil protection agency.

The restrictions hope to stop the spread of the virus across the country.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 24, 2020)

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