Streets were deserted and residents warned to keep out of an emergency room in an Italian town placed under lockdown as a second death from coronavirus sparked fears throughout the region.
AFP reports that “No entry” was the sign on the emergency room in the small town of Codogno with a population of 15,000 where three people have already tested positive for the virus, including one 38-year old man now on life support.
On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Italian News Agency, ANSA, reported the second death from the virus in the Lombardy region, where Codogno is located.
It came one day after the death of a 78-year-old retired Bricklayer from the Padua area in the nearby Veneto region, who was the first local person in Europe to die from the coronavirus.
ANSA reports that the new victim was a woman but no further information was immediately available.
Italy’s Health Minister said the man who died on Friday, February 21, 2020, Adriano Trevisan, had been admitted to hospital 10 days earlier for an unrelated health issue.
President of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia told Rai24 News that the man was one of two people in the Veneto region with the virus, where another confirmed case overnight in a 53-year old man brought that number to three.
In Lombardy, 16 other people were discovered to have caught the virus and the region took immediate measures to isolate affected areas.
It was not immediately clear whether the victim on Saturday was part of that group, or a new case.
In Rome, three people are being treated in isolation for the virus.