COVID-19 Cases Soar in Italy as Authorities Scramble to Find Patient Zero

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Source : KTLA

Italian authorities have announced sweeping closures in the country’s north as they scramble to contain Europe’s biggest outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Italy’s confirmed cases surged from three on Friday morning to more than 130 by Sunday morning.

The majority of coronavirus infections are concentrated in mainland China (with more than 78,800 cases), followed by Japan (738) and South Korea (602). Italy’s spike now marks the biggest outbreak outside of Asia.

At least 132 people have been infected with the virus in Italy, Angelo Borrelli, head of the country’s Civil Protection agency, said at a Sunday press conference, adding that of those patients, 26 are in intensive care, two have died and one has recovered.

Officials have yet to track down the first carrier of the virus in the country.“We still cannot identify patient zero, so it’s difficult to forecast possible new cases,” Borrelli said.

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