A fifth person has died in Lombardy, northern Italy, from the coronavirus, and cases of contagion total 219, said Civil Protection chief Angelo Borrelli in a media appearance.

The 88-year-old victim, who died in Caselle Landi, joins the 84-year-old man who also died this morning at the John XXII Bergamo Hospital in Lombardy, northern Italy.

The three previous deaths were a 68-year-old woman who died in the province of Cremona, a 78-year-old man from Vo’ Euganeo in the province of Padua (Veneto) and a 75-year-old woman who was in Codogno and tested positive for the virus after her death.

Borrelli explained that of these 219 cases, 167 have been detected in Lombardy, 27 in Veneto, 18 in Emilia Romagna, 4 in Piedmont, and also the three infected in Rome, already known for several weeks.

The head of the Civil Defence explained that of those infected, 93 are in hospital and 23 are in the intensive care unit, while the rest are still at home as they do not present any symptoms.

He also pointed out that the so-called “patient zero”, who is said to have caused the contagion in northern Italy, has not yet been found, and neither has the relationship between the two outbreaks, which are, one in Codogno, in the province of Lodi, in Lombardy, and the other in Vo’ Euganeo, in Veneto.

In addition to the ban on entering and leaving eleven towns in northern Italy, which affects around 50,000 people, the affected regions of Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto have taken extraordinary measures, such as the suspension of the Venice Carnival, festivals and other cultural and sporting events, as well as the closure of museums, schools and universities.

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