Number of Coronavirus deaths in Italy reaches 12

epa08249348 Two passers-by wear a protective face mask as they walk in Milan, Italy, 26 February 2020. Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli said that the number of people which have died due to the COVID19 coronavirus in Italy has climbed to 12 while 374 have contracted the virus. EPA-EFE/MATTEO CORNER

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Civil Protection Chief Angelo Borrelli said Wednesday that the number of people with the coronavirus to have died in Italy has climbed to 12 while 374 have contracted the virus.

Borrelli, who is also extraordinary commissioner for the coronavirus emergency, said the 12th case died in hospital in Piacenza, making him the fist victim in Emilia-Romagna.

ANSA reports that the man was a 70-year-old man originally from Lombardy who had “important pre-existing” conditions.

The news agency also reports that six children have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy, sources said on Wednesday. This was also confirmed by other news outlets.

ANSA reports that most of the cases stem from the ‘hotspots’ in the province of Lodi that are in lockdown due to the outbreak in northern Italy. The youngest is a four-year-old girl from Castiglione d’Adda, a town in the area at the center of the outbreak, who is in hospital in Pavia. A 15-year-old boy is in hospital at Seriate, near Bergamo.

Two 10-year-olds, one from Soresina, near Cremona, and another from San Rocco al Porto, in the province of Lodi, have been allowed to return home. A 17-year-old tested positive several days ago and one of his class mates has too.

Meanwhile, CNN reports how Conte on Monday night said that the hospital that treated the first coronavirus case in Codogno, known as Patient 1, had not followed protocol. Conte did not elaborate on what protocols were breached.

It was clear “there has been a management of the hospital not entirely proper according to prudent protocols, which are recommended in these cases, and this has certainly contributed to the spread,” he said. Italian authorities have identified Patient 1 as a 38-year-old man, giving only the name Mattia.

ANSA / Corriere / TgCom / CNN

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