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Air Canada is suspending flights to and from Italy

BY , Mar 10, 2020 8:22 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, a paramedic walks out of a tent that was set up in front of the emergency ward of the Cremona hospital, northern Italy. Italian doctors celebrated one small victory in their battle against the coronavirus Monday after Patient No. 1, a 38-year-old named Mattia was moved out of intensive care. But in the rest of hard-hit northern Italy, the virus' spread was growing so exponentially that doctors spoke of choices war-time triage medics make in deciding who lives and who dies, and who get access to the limited number of ICU beds. (Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP, file)

Air Canada is suspending flights to and from Italy, saying Italian regulations and ``ongoing health and safety concerns'' prompted the decision.

The airline's last flight to Rome is scheduled to take off from Toronto today, with the final return flight departing Rome for Montreal on Wednesday.

Air Canada hopes to restart service May 1.

Meanwhile, it says affected customers will be notified and offered a full refund.

In January, Canada's largest airline halted all direct flights to China, the epicentre of the virus, as it braced for a hit to revenues.

Its shares have fallen about 40 per cent in the past seven weeks.

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