Two regions of northern Italy were struck Friday by sixteen cases of contamination with the new coronavirus. Ten cities in Lombardy have decided to close public places.
In one day, sixteen additional cases of Covid-19 contamination were discovered in northern Italy. Authorities announced on Friday, February 21 six new cases in the Lombardy region, the first due to human-to-human transmission in the country. A few hours later, eight more cases were confirmed, including five involving medical personnel. The Italian news agency Ansa reports two cases in Veneto (north-east).
Ten cities close public places
Ten Lombard cities decided on Friday to close all public places. The small town of Codogno, near Lodi, is the first to take this step. It was here that the first Aboriginal home was identified. He is a 38-year-old man in intensive care. His wife and a friend with whom he played sports are among the known cases.
The mayor of this locality of about 15,000 inhabitants, Francesco Passerini, has ordered the immediate closure for a period varying from 48 hours to five days of schools, municipal offices, food stores, bars, nightclubs, gyms, etc.
The health authorities of Lombardy have not identified with certainty the person at the origin of this micro-epidemic, but according to the agency Ansa, that “could” be an Italian recently returned from China.
First three cases recovering
Italy currently has nineteen proven cases of patients with the new coronavirus. The first three, treated in the Italian reference hospital for infectious diseases, the Spallanzani in Rome, are getting better and better.
He is an Italian, now tested negative for the virus, and a couple of Chinese from Wuhan, home of the epidemic, who was resuscitated for a while but whose condition is clearly improving.