There’s bad news in store for anybody who has booked an Italian vacation. The Canadian Government has stepped up its travel warning for Italy, as COVID-19 concerns continue to grow in the country. Unfortunately for globe trotters, the coronavirus travel warning advises against visiting tourist hotspots like Venice, Milan and Turin, so you might want to consider cancelling if you’ve booked a trip.

Sharing an updated statement on Monday morning, the Government of Canada is now advising Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel to northern Italy.

As of March 2, Italy, China and Iran have a level three warning for COVID-19. This means that avoiding travel is necessary to “protect the health of Canadian travellers and the Canadian public.”

The government explains that a level three advisory is issued during a “large-scale outbreak in a large geographic area, or if there is increased risk to the traveller and an increased risk of spreading disease to other groups.”

The latest statement recommends against travelling to the northern provinces of Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige.

Unfortunately for those with vacations booked, this also includes tourist hotspots like Milan, Turin and Venice.

This latest update comes as almost 1,700 cases of the virus have been confirmed in Italy alone.

According to Global News, the country is one of the worst-hit in Europe and has seen its death toll increase from 34 to 52 in just 24 hours.

The government's advisory explains, "As the situation evolves, many countries are implementing policies and restrictions in order to contain the COVID-19 outbreak."

While the public health risk associated with novel coronavirus is “generally low for Canadian travellers,” there are several warnings in place globally.

Alongside Italy, locals are advised to avoid unnecessary travel to China, and particularly avoid all travel to Hubei province.

A similar level three warning is in place for Iran, where COVID-19 concerns continue to escalate.

Despite a comparatively low number of Canadians contracting the virus, supermarkets and Costco stores across the country have been selling out of essential supplies.

"It's really about, first of all, making sure that you do have enough supplies so if someone in your family becomes ill, if you yourself become ill, that you have what you need to survive for a week or so without going outside,” Canada’s Health Minister, Patty Hajdu, said last week.

You can keep up to date with all of Canada’s latest travel warnings by clicking here.

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