JN / Agencies
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A 78-year-old Italian citizen who was infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus died Friday in the Veneto region of Italy, becoming the first deadly victim in that country due to the outbreak and the second in Europe.
According to the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, quoted by the France-Presse agency, the man had already been hospitalized for 10 days due to health problems that were not related to the new coronavirus, but he did, however, contract Covid-19 .
The first death in Europe from the new coronavirus occurred on February 15, in France, being a Chinese tourist, originally from the province of Hubei, the most affected in China, where the outbreak originated.
Friday afternoon, Italian authorities confirmed that there were 16 people infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus and another 250 were under observation, and closed public spaces in at least 10 cities.
As a precautionary measure, the Italian Ministry of Health ordered the closure of bars, schools and other public places in at least nine cities in Lombardy and one in the Veneto area.
Since it was detected at the end of last year in China, the Covid-19 coronavirus has caused more than 2200 deaths and infected more than 76 thousand people worldwide.
Most of the cases occurred in China, in particular in Hubei province, in the center of the country, the most affected by the epidemic.
In addition to those killed in mainland China, four people died in Iran, three in Japan, two in the Chinese region of Hong Kong, two in South Korea, one in the Philippines, one in France, one in Taiwan and now one in Italy.
Chinese authorities have isolated several cities in Hubei province to try to control the epidemic, a measure that covers about 60 million people.