(CNN)Italy reported a 50% increase in coronavirus cases Sunday, as the US further restricted travel and the famed La Scala opera house closed.Italy’s Civil Protection Authority reported the county now has 1,694 confirmed coronavirus cases, up from 1,128 confirmed cases on Saturday. Thirty-four people have died.Italy has the most coronavirus cases of any country outside of Asia.Delta Air Lines is suspending its US flights to Milan, the carrier announced Sunday. The last flight out will be depart New York on Monday. The last return flight will be on Tuesday.Delta said it will resume flights to Milan on May 1. Rome flights are not affected.
Concerns affecting cultural institutions
In Milan, the La Scala opera house will be closed until March 8, according to a notice on its official website.”In relation to the diffusion of the coronavirus, the prime minister has decreed the suspension of all events and initiatives and of all meeting in public places, including cultural ones, until Sunday 8 March,” says a notice on the opera house’s website.”In compliance with these provisions, all performances and events open to the public at La Scala until 8 March are cancelled,” it said.
UN calls increases ‘deeply disturbing’
The Trump administration said Saturday that it was raising the travel advisory level for parts of Italy and South Korea where the coronavirus has spread widely. On Sunday, Trump said in a tweet that people will be screened for coronavirus upon arriving in the US if they are traveling from high-risk countries.Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence, clarified to CNN what is covered under the screening measures Trump mentioned in his tweet.”There is already screening for those coming into the United States for those who have been in China in the last 14 days. This will be expanded to Italy and South Korea,” Miller said. “Additionally we are currently working on exit screening from South Korea, Italy, and other European Nations as needed.”The UN called the increase of cases in Italy, Iran and South Korea “deeply concerning.”
CNN’s Livia Borghese in Rome and Sharon Braithwaite in London contributed to this report.