Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told reporters Monday evening that a "not entirely proper" management of a hospital in northern Italy contributed to the spread of novel coronavirus in the country.
"Obviously we cannot predict the progress of the virus. It is clear that there has been an outbreak and it has spread from there," said Conte.
“There has been a management of the hospital not entirely proper according to prudent protocols which are recommended in these cases, and this has certainly contributed to the spread," he said of the hospital in northern Italy where the first case of coronavirus was confirmed.
Conte added: “we continue with the utmost caution and rigor and ensure maximum concentration night and day.”
Neither the hospital nor the town was named.
The outbreak in Italy: At least 229 people have been infected with the virus, and seven people have died. Around 100,000 people in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are facing travel and other restrictions. Meanwhile, Italy has not identified "patient zero," the source of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.