Italy jumped from three reported cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus last week to four deaths at least 190 people testing positive in the northern part of the country by Monday. In response, Italy quarantined a dozen towns and sent masked police officers to guard checkpoints, canceled soccer matches and closed schools, scrapped the final day of Milan Fashion Week, and called off Venice's Carnival, its famed annual pre-Lenten masked bacchanalia. Italy instituted strict travel bans and airport screenings on Jan. 31, and it still hasn't located the source of the sudden outbreak. South Korea and Iran also have rising numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths, raising concerns about global spread of the Chinese virus.

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