Italy is shutting down all schools nationwide amid coronavirus outbreak

Italy has decided to take extreme measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, by shutting down all schools for at least two weeks.

Every school, from day cares to colleges, will be shut down starting Thursday and will remain closed until at least March 15.

As of Wednesday night, more than 3000 people have been infected, with 107 killed.

Italy already closed schools in the northern part of the country last month, where cities like Milan and Venice are practically in lockdown. But the virus keeps spreading.

Italy is the first European country to take such measures, but in Asia, several countries have done the same. All schools in China remain closed and students never returned to campus since the Chinese New Year holidays. Japan will keep schools shut until early April.

Many large gatherings have been cancelled as well. Soccer matches will continue, but without audiences.