New Coronavirus cases in Italy
Italian man tests positive for Coronavirus in northern Italy: two more cases suspected.
Three people in northern Italy have tested positive for the Coronavirus in what is the first known case of local tranmission of the potentially fatal disease in Italy, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
The first to test positive for the Coronavirus is a 38-year-old Italian man who presented himself at a hospital in the northern town of Codogno near Lodi on 20 February. The man is reportedly in a very serious condition with grave respiratory difficulties.
ANSA reports that the man's wife - reportedly eight month's pregnant - is also infected and isolated at the Codogno hospital along with a third person, a colleague of the 38-year-old, who presented himself in hospital suffering from pneumonia.
The 38-year-old is believed to have contracted the virus after having dinner with a friend who had returned to Italy from China in late January. The friend has been located and is now in isolation at Milan's Sacco Hospital.
Around 100 people in Codogno are being tested for the virus and 60 people have been placed in quarantine as authorities scramble to retrace the movements of the 38-year-old.
Separately the first 20 of the 55 Italians who returned from China on 3 February have left quarantine at the Cecchignola military facility outside Rome.
China has vowed to "liquidate" the Coronavirus by the end of March as the number of deaths from the disease rises to over 2,240.
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