An outbreak of the fatal Coronavirus in Italy has claimed two victims, as the number of cases in the northern Lombardy and Veneto regions continues to rise.
According to what ANSA reports, health sources, indicated that the victim is a woman residing in Lombardy who could be connected to the cases of Codogno.
The first to die from complications arising from the Coronavirus was a 78-year-old man in the Veneto region, while Italian news agency ANSA reports that the second victim was a woman in Lombardy, possibly related to the outbreak in the northern town of Codogno which is currently in lockdown.
The first to test positive for the Coronavirus was a 38-year-old Italian man who presented himself at a hospital in Codogno near Lodi on 20 February. The man is reportedly in a serious but stable condition.
The man’s wife – who is eight month’s pregnant – is also infected and is being 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 early February. The friend has been located and is now in isolation at Milan’s Sacco Hospital.
Amid the reports of new cases, Italian health authorities ordered a 14-day quarantine for anyone who had traveled to Italy from China. Some schools were closed Friday, and the Italian health ministry website appeared to have crashed on Saturday morning.
Lombardy regional authorities also essentially put 10 municipalities on total lockdown, suspending all public events. They also barred public transport vehicles from stopping in those towns. “Workers employed in essential services,” according to the order, would be admitted only “after daily health check.”
Developing Story based on ANSA / POLITICO / Wanted in Milan