Published: Sat, February 22, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Italian coronavirus cases rise to 17

Italian coronavirus cases rise to 17

His wife and a friend of his, who was a member of his running club, also tested positive for the virus. The individuals had not traveled to China, marking the first instance of local transmission in Italy. All residents living in Codogno and Castiglione d'Adda-the two Lombardy towns where the patients are from-have been told to stay home.

Some 250 people were being placed in isolation after coming into contact with the new cases, according to the Lombardy region, and 60 workers at Unilever have been tested for the virus.

Reports from Italy confirmed 16 new cases of the COVID-19 virus on Friday, with 14 diagnosed in the northern Lombardy region on February 21.

The first is a man, 38, who is believed to have got the virus after dining with a friend who had come back from China.

The manager who travelled to China remains asymptomatic but was put into isolation at another hospital, Gallera said.

Another three people, who frequented the same cafe in the Lombardy region, also tested positive Friday in addition to the eight people at Codogno hospital, Gallera said. He was one of two people in the northern region to have been infected.

The 38-year-old had first gone to the hospital February 18 with flu-like symptoms but was sent home, only to see his conditions worsen.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Codogno issued a decree ordering the closure of all restaurants, coffee bars, schools and public gathering spots such as discos and gyms.

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The health ministry ordered anyone who came into direct contact with the victims to be quarantined for 14 days.

Speaking on the margins of a European Union meeting in Brussels before the Italian fatality was announced, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he would meet the chiefs of Italy's civil protection agency, and that the situation was under control.

Zaia said it was unclear how the two individuals in Veneto might have caught the disease.

The first three people have been infected with the coronavirus in Italy.

Japan's health minister said the last cruise ship passengers who tested negative for a new virus will leave the Diamond Princess on Friday after a much-criticized quarantine of the vessel ended.

All three patients are being treated at Rome's infectious disease hospital alongside the other three people infected in the country, which includes a Chinese couple from Wuhan and an Italian citizen who was recently repatriated from Wuhan.

China has had over 75,400 cases and 2,236 people have died.

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