February 21, 2020 / 5:44 PM / 3 months ago

Coronavirus outbreak grows in northern Italy, 16 cases reported in one day

MILAN (Reuters) - An outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy worsened on Friday, with officials announcing 14 confirmed cases in the wealthy region of Lombardy, while two cases were reported in the adjacent region of Veneto.

Just hours after revealing that six people had come down with the virus in the first known cases of local transmission in Italy, officials said a further eight had tested positive for the disease, including five health workers.

Separately, ANSA news agency said two people had been diagnosed as suffering from the highly contagious illness in Veneto, although it was not immediately clear if the cases were connected.

Reporting by Angelo Amante; Writing by Crispian Balmer, editing by Gavin Jones

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