The World Health Organization warned Friday that Europe was now the “epicentre” for the global coronavirus pandemic and reporting more daily cases than China did at the height of its outbreak.
“Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a virtual press conference, describing the more than 5,000 deaths worldwide as “a tragic milestone”.
Italy's population of 60 million has to stay at home until April 3, but can go out to work, for health reasons or to buy food.
In Spain, four parts of the northeastern region of Catalonia have been quarantined, as have two communes in the Austrian region of Tyrol.
Austrians returning from Italy will be confined.
People returning from the main coronavirus hotspots must stay at home for two weeks in Croatia, Latvia, Russia and Slovakia.
In Norway, all people returning from abroad will be quarantined and some cities have banned people from disembarking from cruise ships, a measure also taken by Portugal and Spain.
In Luxembourg and Portugal visits to retirement homes are banned, while in Belgium they are either prohibited or strictly limited. They are restricted in Sweden.
In France visits are suspended in establishments housing elderly and dependent people.
Restaurants and shops closed
In Italy only essential shops selling foodstuffs or healthcare items are allowed to open.
Austria has decided to close non-essential shops from Monday and to close cafes and restaurants at 3:00 pm.
Bulgaria has closed non-essential shops.
In Belgium, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants will be closed until April 3. Shops will be closed at the weekend, except for grocers and chemists
In the Czech Republic, restaurants must close between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am.
Madrid authorities have ordered bars and restaurants to close their outside areas.
Borders controlled or closed
The Czech Republic and Slovakia have announced the almost total closure of their borders to foreigners, with Slovakia making an exception for Poles.
Ukraine plans to close its borders to foreigners for at least two weeks.
Poland has imposed health checks at all it borders.
Austria has suspended rail links, and almost entirely closed its border with Italy, requiring medical certificates and health checks from people seeking entry. It has also suspended air links with France, Spain and
Slovenia has also set up health vetting measures at the border with Italy.
Germany has strengthened checks at the French border.
Schools and universities are closed in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Ukraine.
Pupils will also stay at home next week in Belgium, Croatia, France, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, and in most German regions.
In Belgium, Cyprus and Italy all gatherings have been banned.
The Czech Republic has banned meetings of more than 30 people.
Denmark and France are to drop the threshold to 100 people.
Iceland, from midnight on Sunday, and the Netherlands and Switzerland have outlawed gatherings of more than 100 people as have Austria, Hungary and Romania for indoor meetings, with 500 for those outdoors.
Finland and Sweden have set the bar at 500 people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on organisers to cancel non essential events gathering less than 1,000 people, a threshold also in force in Denmark, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland.
Moscow has banned meetings of more than 5,000 people.
Rome's second airport, Ciampino, is to close from Friday evening, while Fiumicino, which handles international flights, is to close one of its three terminals from March 17.
In Slovakia all international airports are closed.