Italy is the European country most affected by the coronavirus. At least 152 cases have been confirmed and 11 cities are now under quarantine.
The coronavirus has made a new victim in Italy, bringing to four the number of deaths in this country, the most affected in Europe by the virus.
The victim was an 84-year-old man from Bergamo, an Italian regional health official said on Monday. He died in hospital the night of Sunday, February 23 to Monday, February 24.
“Don’t succumb to panic”
Italy now has 152 cases including three deaths, making it the most affected country in Europe, since the viral pneumonia epidemic started in December in China. The most numerous cases were identified in Lombardy (region of Milan) with 112 contaminations and 22 in Veneto (region of Venice).
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, interviewed on the public broadcaster Rai Uno, had called for “not to succumb to panic and to follow the instructions of the health authorities” . “We should not be afraid that the number of cases will further increase ,” he added.
Two main outbreaks have been identified: around Codogno, in Lombardy, where a second death (a 77-year-old woman) was announced on Saturday, and in Vo’Euganeo, near Padua (Veneto), where the first fatal case of a 78-year-old retiree had been registered. A cordon cordon will be established there by the army from Monday. Authorities in Lombardy also announced Sunday the death of an elderly woman with cancer who contracted the new coronavirus.