Italy has first coronavirus death

Italy has reported its first coronavirus fatality, a 78-year-old man who died on Friday night, Venice’s regional governor said. He was from the town of Monselice, near the northern city of Padua, Corriere della Sera reported.

Italy reported 14 new coronavirus cases on Friday, including the country’s first locally transmitted infection. That brings the total cases in the country to 17, with local media reporting that at least two more suspected patients have been hospitalised. – (Bloomberg)

Death toll in China reaches 2,345 as South Korea reports a surge in cases linked to outbreaks at a hospital and a church. Lebanon and Israel confirmed their first cases on Friday, while Iran’s health ministry reported two more deaths among 13 new cases of the infection, known as COVID-19. That brings the toll in Iran to four and the number of infections to 18.

February 22, 2020

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