UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The first case of death after infection with a COVID-19 type coronavirus was reported in Italy , the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera and other Italian media reported on Friday evening.
According to them, a 78-year-old man was hospitalized near Padua in the Veneto region.
Together with him, his 67-year-old wife was hospitalized with high fever. Their presence of a coronavirus until recently has been questioned, after which President Veneto Luca Zaya stated that the tests performed showed a positive result.
This is the second death in Europe from a coronavirus. Earlier in France, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who arrived from Hubei province in mid-January died of this disease.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection was announced on Friday in northern Italy, the number of new cases in the Lombardy region reached 15, and on the eve of those infected there were 3.
In connection with the outbreak of coronavirus, residents of ten communes of Lombardy were asked not to leave their homes without need. People in contact with the sick will be quarantined.
In the cities affected by the epidemic, any mass and sporting events, including carnival processions, and trading activities, with the exception of essential purchases, are prohibited.
According to Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, a temporary suspension will affect local companies in order to “avoid direct contact between people,” as well as educational institutions, including schools and kindergartens.
On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization of an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).
Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.
The number of people infected in mainland China has already exceeded 75 thousand people, 2236 have died, over 18 thousand have been cured. Outside of China, 1,200 infections were recorded in 26 countries.
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