Italy may close schools all over country due to coronavirus: government source

An Italian army staff member wearing a white protective suit checks a room inside the military hospital of Baggio, which is opening to provide care for up to sixty people if they are suspected of being contaminated with coronavirus, in this still image taken from video, in Milan, Italy, March 3, 2020. Italian Military/Handout via REUTERS

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government is considering closing schools all over the country due to its coronavirus outbreak, but no decision has been taken yet, a government source said on Wednesday.

At the moment only schools in the northern regions most affected by the epidemic are closed.

Seventy-nine people had died of the highly contagious illness in Italy up to Tuesday, with more than 2,500 confirmed cases.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Francesca Piscioneri, editing by Gavin Jones