January 30, 2020 / 9:36 PM / 21 days ago

Two first coronavirus cases confirmed in Italy - prime minister

ROME, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday said there were two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy, the first two in the country since the emergency exploded.

Conte said Italy had closed air traffic to and from China.

“We have two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy,” the prime minister told a news conference, adding two Chinese tourist from China had contracted the virus.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared that the coronavirus epidemic in China now constitutes a global public health emergency. (Reporting by Angelo Amante and Elvira Pollina; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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