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COVID-19 spreads beyond Italy to other European countries

Rome: New cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed on Tuesday throughout Europe, in the continent’s hotspot of Italy, but also in Austria, Croatia, Spain and Switzerland, even as European health ministers were meeting in Rome.
The total number of cases in Italy has risen to 283, up 54 from Monday evening, Civil Protection Agency chief Angelo Borrelli said in a press conference. But the virus also spread beyond Italy’s borders.
Austria confirmed its first two cases: a 24-year-old woman and her boyfriend, both from Lombardy. They have been isolated in a clinic in Innsbruck, but no longer run fevers.
Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic also confirmed the country’s first coronavirus case, state broadcaster HRT reported. He was described as a young man who visited Milan last week.
Another first case was reported in Switzerland. Its health authority said a person tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Tuesday also saw the first case in mainland Spain as the Health Ministry announced someone in Barcelona had tested positive for the virus. The patient had recently returned from Italy and will undergo further testing, the ministry tweeted. (DPA)