The number of people currently infected with novel coronavirus in Italy has risen to 62, with 46 cases in the northern region of Lombardy, 12 cases in the region of Veneto, three cases in Rome and one case in the Piedmont region.
Alberto Cirio, governor of the Piedmont region, announced the latest case on Twitter.
Here's the full breakdown:
- 46 from Lombardy (including 1 dead)
- 12 from Veneto (including 1 dead)
- 3 from Rome
- 1 from Piedmont
The first death was a 78-year-old man from Veneto region who died at a hospital in Padua on Friday, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
During a press conference on Saturday, the head of the Lombardy health department, Giulio Gallera, said the second patient to die of coronavirus in Italy was a 77-year-old woman in Lombardy. She was found dead in her house.
“We still have to investigate the relation between the death and the virus,” Gallera added.
According to the website of the Lombardy region, train stations of the three villages mostly affected by the coronavirus – Codogno, Maleo, Casalpusterlengo – will be closed from Saturday, with trains no longer stopping there.
“All the people tested positive have been in contact, directly or indirectly with the hospital of Codogno,” said Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy region. Gallera said “patient one” was a 38-year-old man at the Codogno hospital who did not travel to China but met a friend who had.
Three previous cases from Rome – one Italian and two Chinese tourists – have now recovered.