Several European Countries announced their first coronavirus cases. All cases seem to be linked with the outbreak in Italy.
European countries including Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland say that people having coronavirus had visited Italy, as did Algeria in Africa.
The first case was recorded in Latin America, a Brazilian resident who has returned from Italy.
A young Italian couple in Austria was diagnosed with coronavirus.
According to authorities in Switzerland, a man in his seventies had been infected from the virus in the city of Milan. He lives in Ticino, bordering Italy.
A man in Croatia also grabbed a virus. He had recently returned from Italy.
An Italian doctor and his wife were diagnosed with the virus in Spain’s Tenerife. Around 1,000 guests were locked down in a hotel.
Spain, France, and Germany also reported new cases of coronavirus. The patients have been to Italy recently.
There are more than 300 cases of coronavirus and 11 people have died in Italy. However, neighboring countries say that closing borders would be “disproportionate”.
Health ministers from France, Germany, the EU Commission, and Italy decided to keep frontiers open.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said, “We’re talking about a virus that doesn’t respect borders,”
His German counterpart Jens Spahn said the neighboring countries were considering the situation “very, very seriously”. However, he also warned, “it could get worse before it gets better”.
Health Secretary Marr Hancock said flights will not be stopped. He said, “If you look at Italy, they stopped all flights from China and they’re now the worst-affected country in Europe,”