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Wuhan coronavirus: Six dead in Italy, 10 towns blocked but official says tourists may come

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 24, 2020
Civil Protection Department Head Angelo Borrelli said 219 people in Italy have been infected with Wuhan coronavirus.
Angelo Borrelli
Health in Italy   Civil Protection Department Head Angelo Borrelli
Italy is now third in the world for coronavirus cases after China and South Korea.

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Borrelli said there were 167 cases in Lombardy, including four people who died in the region.

In Veneto 27 cases have been reported, including that of an elderly man from the town of Vo' Euganeo who died, and there are 18 in Emilia Romagna, plus four in Piedmont and three in Lazio.

The Lazio cases are that of a Italian researcher who was brought back from Wuhan and has recovered and two Chinese tourists being treated at Rome's Spallanzani hospital, also out of the woods.

"There is security in our country. You can come with peace of mind," he said. The authorities have taken emergency measures to try to stop the spread of the virus.

Road blocks have been set up to stop people entering or leaving around 10 towns in the province of Lodi that is the epicentre of the virus in Lombardy.