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Austria confirms first coronavirus cases, near border with Italy

Austria confirms first coronavirus cases, near border with Italy

25/2/2020 5:24:00 PM

Austria confirms first coronavirus cases, near border with Italy

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Austria reported its first two coronavirus cases on Tuesday (Feb 25) as the outbreak apparently spread from neighbouring Italy, Europe's worst hit country where hundreds have been infected.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

The two patients are Italians who live in the border province of Tyrol and recently travelled to Lombardy, one of the two regions at the epicentre of the Italian outbreak, Tyrol's Governor Guenther Platter was quoted as saying by state broadcaster ORF and newspaper Der Standard.

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Tyrol's public health authority said two coronavirus tests had been performed on each of the patients and come back positive, adding that their identities and movements were still being verified.Austria has had more than 200 suspected cases so far but all had tested negative.

Italy has become a front line in the global outbreak of the virus, with 280 cases and seven deaths, most in Lombardy and neighbouring Veneto.The number of cases there has ballooned from just three on Friday, and authorities have rushed to seal off the worst affected towns.

But the virus has continued to spread and authorities reported an infection in Sicily, the first case south of Rome, on Tuesday.ORF said Austria's two first cases were 24-year-olds who reported themselves to the authorities. They had a slight fever and were under isolation in a hospital in Innsbruck, Tyrol's capital, ORF said.

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