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Italy orders COVID-19 testing on travellers from UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic

FILE PHOTO: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza speaks to reporters after European health ministers from neighbouring countries to Italy held a meeting to discuss Italy's coronavirus outbreak, in Rome, Italy, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy will make testing for COVID-19 compulsory for people traveling from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Wednesday, following growing concerns about rising cases across Europe.

“Infection data are growing across all of Europe and in Italy too”, Speranza wrote on Facebook.

“I’ve signed an order which makes coronavirus testing compulsory for travellers from Belgium, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Czech Republic”, he said.

Reporting by Elvira Pollina; Editing by Chris Reese