First death caused by Coronavirus in Italy

epa08235605 One of the ambulances that transported one of the six people infected by Coronavirus to the Sacco Hospital in Milan, Italy, 21 February 2020. Six people have been reported infected with the novel coronavirus in Italy, all in the region of Lombardy, authorities said. Lombardy Welfare Councilor Gallera during the press conference urged residents in the cities of Lombardy affected by the virus to stay at home as a precautionary measure and avoid all social contact. EPA-EFE/MATTEO BAZZI

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Adriano Trevisan, an elderly man in the northern city of Padua has died after being infected with the coronavirus, becoming the first Italian victim of the disease, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday.

Health authorities announced earlier in the day 15 cases of the virus in the wealthy northern region of Lombardy and two in neighbouring Veneto where Padua is located — the first known cases of local transmission in the country.

Trevisan was hospitalised for other medical conditions in Schiavonia (Padua)

None of those infected were believed to have travelled to China, the epicentre of the new illness, and local authorities in Italy scrambled to contain the outbreak.

Local media said the dead man was a 78-year-old from the small town of Vo’ Euganeo who was hospitalised two weeks ago.

Coronavirus in Italy

The Italian Prime Minister has announced that the country is considering new measures following the spike in cases reported on Friday.

This is a developing story 

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