Fifty-two Cuban doctors and medical professionals left for Italy on Saturday to aid the country's fight against the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Thirty-six doctors, 15 nurses and logistical aid are flying to Milan to provide support to medical staff there who are dealing with a growing caseload of patients, straining Italy's medical system.

The medical professionals' departure came as thousands of tourists began to leave Cuba after authorities ordered a complete shutdown of the island, to start next Tuesday.

Italy Saturday introduced more restrictive measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The new measures are more restrictive than the initial lockdown, which began two weeks ago.

Italy’s death toll rose Saturday by 793 to 4,825 as the country confirmed 53,578 cases of the virus.

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