The Department of Foreign Affairs is advising people not to travel to areas in Italy that have been affected by the coronavirus after the death toll in the country rose to six. The areas affected by the warning and also by domestic restrictions put in place by the Italian government include Nettuno, the town twinned with Ardee.
Nettuno, which is a suburb of Rome in the Lazio region of the country, is among a number of regions that the Irish government are advising Irish citizens not to travel to.
Italy has now had the most confirmed number of cases of coronavirus in Europe – after the virus initially took hold in China and caused what the country described as the country’s largest ever health emergency.
Reports in Italy today cited that a couple from Nettuno had been admitted to the Spallanzani National Institute of Infectious Diseases to be tested for the virus but it has since been confirmed they have not tested positive.
Officials from Nettuno have previously made the trip to Ardee for the St Patrick’s Day parade in March, last doing so in 2015 but a trip was not scheduled for this year’s event.
It is understood that representatives from the two towns are making arrangements for two visits to the respective locations in the future with an invite proffered to Ardee officials to attend an annual pilgrimage held in May every year.
Ardee and Nettuno were formally twinned in 2011 when Nettuno Mayor Alessio Chiavetta visited the mid-Louth town to begin the relationship that remains in place today.