Several European countries have announced their 1st coronavirus cases, all apparently linked to the growing outbreak in Italy. Austria, Croatia, Greece & Switzerland said the cases involved people who had been to Italy.
Authorities have confirmed more than 300 cases and 12 deaths there, the most recent a 70-year-old resident of Lombardy who died after being taken to intensive care in Parma. The country has also seen four children infected.
In Austria, a young Italian couple who live in Innsbruck in the Tyrol was confirmed to have the virus. The couple’s home was sealed off and a hotel in which one of the pair work was put in lockdown.
Switzerland said a man in his seventies living in Ticino, bordering Italy, had been infected in Milan on 15 February and was now in isolation.
France confirmed the first death of a French national from the virus.
The 60-year-old French man was the second fatality in the country after an 80-year-old Chinese tourist died there earlier this month.