Spread of Coronavirus Why Are There So Many Cases in Italy?

Italy has by far the largest number of novel coronavirus cases in Europe. But why? There are many reasons, and recognizing them could be vital for other countries around the world.
A man with a face mask in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

A man with a face mask in front of the Colosseum in Rome.

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Italy has been essentially cleared of tourists, with travel to and from the country severely limited.

Italy has been essentially cleared of tourists, with travel to and from the country severely limited.

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