Four more dead in Italy as disease spreads across Europe

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    Source : Sky News

    Angelo Borrelli, the chief of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, said the number of virus cases in the country increased 45% in the last day and there have now been 11 deaths.

    The four latest deaths to be reported in Italy were all elderly people _ three over the age of 80 from Lombardy, the worst impacted region, and a 76-year-old woman in Veneto, another region in the north hit by the virus.

    Mr Borrelli said number of confirmed cases in Italy had risen to 322, the vast majority of them in the north of the country.

    It came after Switzerland, Austria and Croatia confirmed their first cases of the virus in their countries on Tuesday.

    The cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, involved people who had recently travelled from virus-hit parts of neighbouring Italy.

    The Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and Italy in Dublin this weekend is in doubt over coronavirus fears.

    Ireland’s Health Minister Simon Harris told RTE news: “The very clear view of the public health emergency team was that this game should not go ahead and that it would constitute a significant risk, because a very large number of people will be travelling from what is now an affected region.

    “My department will be contacting the IRFU in relation to this. I know when it comes to cause a great disappointment to many, but it is important to make decisions in relation to public health above and beyond all other considerations.”

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