The latest numbers from Italy's Ministry of Health show another 86 cases have been identified over the past 24 hours, and the number of fatalities has increased to 5.
Less than 96 hours ago Italy had only reported 3 cases, but it has become apparent that the virus has been circulating - undetected - in the region for several weeks.All of which raises the odds that other countries in Europe (and elsewhere) - which have not reported community cases - may be in for a rude awakening in the days ahead.
Civil protection: the point of the Covid-19 situation at 12 noon on 24 February
219 people are infected with the new Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus in Italy. Of these 5 people have died and one person has recovered.
These are the official figures communicated today at the 12 noon conference by the Commissioner for the emergency of civil protection, Angelo Borrelli.
Of the 213 people observed, 99 are hospitalized with symptoms, 23 are in intensive care and 91 are in home isolation.
In the individual Regions the number of infected people is as follows:
- Lombardy Region: 167
- Veneto Region: 26
- Emilia Romagna Region: 18
Watch the video of the Civil Protection press conference
- Piedmont Region: 4
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