Friday, February 21, 2020

Italy: Media Reports - Number Of New COVID-19 Cases Rises To 6


Italy's Ministry of Health website has yet to provide any details on the overnight reports of - first 3, and now 6 - locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the Northern Lombardy region.  They have, however, posted the following notice in the past couple of hours.

Covid-19: "New mandatory quarantine measures and active surveillance"

Press release 85
Date of the press release 21 February 2020
Covid-19: "New mandatory quarantine measures and active surveillance"
Following the morning meeting of the technical-scientific committee that investigated reports of new cases of Covid-19 coronavirus, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, issued a new ordinance. It provides mandatory quarantine isolation measures for close contacts with a positive case. It provides active surveillance with fiduciary home permanence for those who have been in areas at risk in the last 14 days with the obligation of reporting by the person concerned to the local health authorities.
Following reports earlier today (see Italy Reports 1st Locally Acquired COVID-19 Case (Possibly 2 Others), we get the following update from ANSA news agency, which is now reporting 6 new cases. 
Coronavirus: Six infected in Italy
Says Lombardy regional health councillor
(ANSA) - Rome, February 21 - The first six people have been infected with the coronavirus in Italy, all in Lombardy, regional health councillor Giulio Gallera said Friday.
Gallera urged people to stay at home and avoid social contact.
The first case is a man, 38, who is believed to have got the virus after dining with a friend who had come back from China.
The other two initially infected people are the 38-year-old's wife, a pregnant teacher, who has also been admitted to the Codogno hospital, and a third person who went to hospital suffering symptoms of pneumonia after having had contact with the 38-year-old.
The teacher had not been in contact with children.
The 38-year-old man has been admitted to the intensive care ward of a hospital at Codogno near Lodi in northern Italy.
He is said to be in a very serious condition, with respiratory insufficiency.
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