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Passengers travelling to the United States’ airports from Italy, where 16 million people were quarantined on Sunday, won’t be screened upon landing in the U.S., according to the Daily Mail.

Italy is facing the worst coronavirus epidemic outside of China and the government banned citizens from entering or leaving northern cities including Milan, Venice, and Parma on Sunday. 

“This is a national emergency,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, signing the quarantine, which took effect on Sunday and will last through April 3,  into law. “Our objectives are twofold: to contain the spread of infections -- we can’t afford it -- and we have to take action to prevent the overloading of our hospitals.”

Yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that U.S. airports will only conduct entry screenings from travelers from China and Iran, but not for people arriving from Italy or South Korea because those countries conduct exit screenings. 

The CDC declared a level 3 Warning -- their highest -- for Italy, urging the public to avoid nonessential travel due to widespread community transmission.

The coronavirus death toll in Italy hit 366 as of Sunday and the confirmed number of cases in the country reached 7,375. 

President Trump announced that anyone returning from “high risk countries” would be screened both before they boarded planes and once they had returned to the U.S. on March 1. However, Italy and South Korea are not considered high risk by the government. 

David E. Short, deputy assistant secretary for aviation and international affairs, said that the Trump administration has agreements with South Korea and Italy to screen passengers in those countries before they leave those countries. 

Around 50,000 U.S. citizens are thought to currently reside in Italy and it remains unclear if the U.S. government is developing any plans to evacuate. 

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