Outbreak spreads to Tuscany and Sicily as cases rise to over 280

29 Février, 2020, 04:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

A fragile truce between Italy's political parties collapsed on Monday after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte suggested malpractice at a hospital in Lombardy may have fuelled the outbreak.

All those who have died so much in Italy ended up aged or had pre-present health-related situations.

"We are chatting about a virus that does not regard borders", said Italian Wellness Minister Roberto Speranza.

Some 229 cases of coronavirus infection had been confirmed in Italy, the third-highest number in the world, behind China and South Korea.

A tourist from Lombardy, the worst-affected area, was diagnosed with the disease while on holiday in Sicily, and the regions of Tuscany and Liguria both reported their first cases. The upcoming formal toll update was predicted on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people were confined to their rooms in a Tenerife hotel in Spain after an Italian tourist was hospitalised with suspected coronavirus, health officials in the Canary Islands said.

Austria also saw its initially two scenarios verified on Tuesday in the province of Tyrol, which borders Italy.

Switzerland also reported its first case.

However, on Monday the rise in new cases stabilised, with only 10 further infections reported.

While no neighbouring country has closed its borders with Italy, several governments have announced additional measures for travellers arriving from Italy, in particular from the two northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

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They assortment from health care tests to distinctive doors at airports and tips for self-isolation.

Conte insisted however that Italy's health protocols were "among the most rigorous" and warned it would be "unfair" for other countries to attempt to limit the movement of Italians, saying "we wouldn't be able to accept that".

Inter, who are atop the league, confirmed on Saturday night that their match at 17th-placed Sampdoria would not be played.

The secondary contagions prompted local authorities in the Lombardy and Veneto regions to close schools, businesses and restaurants and to cancel sporting events and Masses.

The Irish government recommended the cancellation of the Six Nations rugby match next month in Dublin with Italy.

The creation of the most current "Mission: Not possible, quot movie, starring Tom Cruise in Venice, also stopped, although the Milan Furniture Fair, which was scheduled for late April, has now been delayed till June".

The main centre of infection in Italy has been in Lombardy's Codogno, a town with about 15,000 residents around 60km to the south of Milan.

Codogno and several other cities in northern Italy have been isolated.

The 38-year old man has been admitted to a hospital in the Northern town of Codogno and further medical tests are still underway, the region said.

His heavily pregnant wife, several doctors, staff and patients at the hospital are thought to have caught the virus from him.

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