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UPDATE: What do we know about the victims of coronavirus in Italy?

Twelve people are now known to have died in Italy from the coronavirus, which has infected over 370 people. Here's what we know about those who have died.

UPDATE: What do we know about the victims of coronavirus in Italy?
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The main similarity between all the victims is that they were elderly and some had serious underlying health conditions.

By Wednesday the death toll had risen to 12 after it was announced a 76-year old woman in the north eastern town of Treviso and a 70-year-old man who became the the first death in the Emilia-Romagna region.

Italy now has over 370 confirmed cases of the virus.

The death of the two on Wednesday came a day after authorities in the northern region of Lombardy confirmed three more fatalities.

Angelo Borelli, the chief of the regional Civil Protection agency has said that the three people who died in Lombardy on Tuesday were all elderly.

Their ages have been given as 83, 84 and 91 years old.

That brought the number of deaths in Lombardy to 9.

Previously on Monday a 62-year-old who had been receiving dialysis for kidney problems died on Monday evening.

It came hours after the death of the sixth coronavirus patient was announced on Monday afternoon by Italy's civil protection agency.

READ ALSO: How concerned should you be about the coronavirus in Italy?

He was from the small town of Castiglione d'Adda in Lombardy, the northern region where most of Italy's confirmed cases have been reported.

He had been in hospital in the city of Como since the weekend.

His death followed that of another man from Castiglione d'Adda, an 80 year old who had been in hospital in Milan.

He is suspected to have contracted the virus in a different hospital, where he was taken last week after suffering a heart attack.

The so-called “Patient One”, a 38-year-old man thought to have contracted the virus from someone else in Italy before spreading it to several others, visited the same hospital before doctors realised he was infected.

Four deaths were announced on Monday alone, following confirmation that an 88-year-old man from Caselle Landi and an 84-year-old man from Bergamo had also died.

All three were in Lombardy, which has now seen nine of Italy's ten coronavirus deaths.

READ ALSO: Which parts of Italy are most affected by coronavirus?


Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

On Sunday an elderly cancer patient in the region passed away after contracting the COVID-19 virus, though doctors are not sure whether the respiratory illness caused her death.

The woman had been in hospital in Crema for several days, regional health authorities said.

On Saturday it was confirmed that the second death from the virus was a 75-year-old woman on Saturday from the small town of Codogno in Lombardy.

A 78-year-old Italian man in Veneto was the first European to die from the disease on Friday night. He was a retired bricklayer from the Padua area.

Italy's health minister said the man, named as Adriano Trevisan, had been admitted to hospital ten days earlier for an unrelated health issue.

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On Monday Italy announced that the number of cases of coronavirus had risen to over 220. Those infected included 101 who were being treated in hospital, 27 others who were in intensive care and 94 who were in self isolation.

Of 172 cases in Lombardy, roughly 70 percent are men, health authorities said.

According to the World Health Organisation more than 80 percent of patients infected with the virus have mild disease and recover, while 14 percent have severe diseases such as pneumonia.

Around five percent of cases are considered critical and only 2 percent result in death.

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Is the EU likely to reinstate Covid travel restrictions?

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday in Brussels to discuss the latest Covid situation in China - so could this mark the return of vaccine passports and travel restrictions?

Is the EU likely to reinstate Covid travel restrictions?

Several EU countries including France, Italy and Spain (as well as non-EU countries including the UK and USA) have already imposed travel restrictions on arrivals from China, over fears of new variants of Covid-19.

The countries announced their restrictions – mostly amounting to compulsory tests and masks – on a unilateral basis at the end of last week, but there have been calls for greater co-ordination at an EU level.

There is now a meeting scheduled for Wednesday of the EU Integrated Policy Response Capability to discuss coordinating measures, with an insider telling Politico: “The idea is to harmonise, but without being extremely prescriptive.”

The meeting has been called by Sweden, which now holds the rotating presidency of the EU. 

So what measures are likely?

At present the countries that have announced restrictions have only imposed testing and mask rules – there is no requirement to show proof of vaccination and no travel bans. All measures only apply only to travellers from China.

A meeting of the European Health Safety Committee last Thursday did not produce any concrete measures, with EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides merely urging member states to coordinate quickly. It was after this that some countries announced their own restrictions.

If anything more concrete comes out of Wednesday’s meeting, it is likely to refer to testing or mask rules only and like the previous EU Covid travel policies, will be advisory for countries to follow.

Because borders are a national competence, countries can impose their own measures without having to consult the EU.

Despite the introduction of the EU digital vaccine passport, countries never managed to entirely co-ordinate their travel rules during 2020 and 2021.

In most EU countries the health pass or vaccine pass apps remain active, and could be used again if necessary. 

Will there be travel bans?

At this stage more draconian restrictions – such as the ‘red lists’ or ‘essential travel only’ rules of 2021 seem unlikely.

Most EU countries have a high level of vaccine cover, so would probably only resort to travel restrictions if new variants – against which current Covid vaccines are not effective – emergence in China (or any other country).  

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