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Milan left deserted by deadly coronavirus spread as Italy’s ‘Patient 1’ roamed for 36 HOURS before doctors tested him

THE iconic streets of fashion capital Milan have been left deserted as Italy is left on its knees by the deadly spread of coronavirus.

Twelve people have died in the country since Friday, as Italy has become the worst affected country in Europe.

 Duomo Square has been left almost abandoned

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Duomo Square has been left almost abandonedCredit: AP:Associated Press
 Normally packed cafes and bars have been left deserted

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Normally packed cafes and bars have been left desertedCredit: EPA
 Trains and trams were also eerily vacant throughout the day

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Trains and trams were also eerily vacant throughout the dayCredit: AP:Associated Press
 The city's main railway station was virtually cleared of commuters and tourists

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The city’s main railway station was virtually cleared of commuters and touristsCredit: EPA

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Pictures show Milan’s normally packed roads in the city centre, Duomo Square and its main railway station almost abandoned.

It emerged Italy’s first known patient was allowed to potentially infect others for 36 hours in hospital before being tested for coronavirus and then isolated, it has been reported.

The man, a 38-year-old known as ‘Patient 1’ – the first known case of coronavirus in Italy – was admitted to Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia with pneumonia on February 19.

The marathon runner and footballer spent a day and a half in the medical unit, with family and friends visiting him, before testing positive for Covid-19 in the evening of February 20.

It is believed during that time he might have infected others, including two doctors who were treating him.

 People wear protective masks in St Peter's Square in Vatican City

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People wear protective masks in St Peter’s Square in Vatican CityCredit: The Mega Agency
 Several pharmacies in Italy have reportedly run out of face masks and sanitiser gel

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Several pharmacies in Italy have reportedly run out of face masks and sanitiser gelCredit: AFP or licensors

The patient showed symptoms but was not tested before as he had not come back from China, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports.

When he tested positive for Covid-19, the man, only named as Mattia, was moved to intensive care and his condition is now said to be serious but stable.

His wife, who is pregnant, also tested positive for the virus but is doing well.

 Over 300 cases have been reported in Italy and people are taking precautions

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Over 300 cases have been reported in Italy and people are taking precautionsCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

One of the managers of the centre where the man and his wife train told Italian news agency ANSA: “She is fine, she had a scan and the pregnancy is continuing well. The child is healthy.”

A doctor from Lodi, the epicentre of infections in the northern region of Lombardy, said the virus started even before ‘Patient 1’ was diagnosed.

The woman, who is in precautionary quarantine, said: “The week before, I had seen many unusual cases of pneumonia among my patients: a big part of them proved to be linked to coronavirus.”

 People queue at a pharmacy in Codogno, Italy, after the coronavirus outbreak

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People queue at a pharmacy in Codogno, Italy, after the coronavirus outbreakCredit: Rex Features

The number of infected people in Italy has risen to 374, including two 10-year-old children, one 15-year-old teenager and one four-year-old child, according to La Repubblica.

Authorities in Italy are still looking for ‘Patient zero’ – the first infected person who is thought to have brought the virus into the country – as the number of reported cases keeps going up.

Twelve people have died in the country after being diagnosed with coronavirus, Sky News reports.

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A 78-year-old from Vo’ Euganeo, Padua, died after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia.

A woman aged 68 passed away in hospital following a heart attack and a cancer diagnosis.

She tested positive for coronavirus after suffering from respiratory failure.

A 56-year-old Italian woman died in Austria, where she was on holiday, last night.

It is alleged she might have contracted the virus, Il Messaggero reports.

 Many people have been stocking up on food after several towns in northern Italy were put on lockdown

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Many people have been stocking up on food after several towns in northern Italy were put on lockdownCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Eleven towns in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto have been put on lockdown, with about 50,000 people not being allowed to enter or leave the affected areas.

Several shops and businesses have been closed over fears of coronavirus and pharmacies have reportedly run out of face masks and sanitiser gel.

 Empty shelves at a supermarket in Milan as people stockpile due to the fear of the new coronavirus

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Empty shelves at a supermarket in Milan as people stockpile due to the fear of the new coronavirusCredit: EPA
 Several towns have been put on lockdown in northern Italy

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Several towns have been put on lockdown in northern ItalyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

A hotel in Tenerife was locked down after an Italian doctor tested positive for coronavirus.

The man, reportedly from the virus-hit Lombardy region, was visiting the H10 Costa Adeje Palace.

His wife also tested positive for the virus, the BBC reports.

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 The hotel in Tenerife where an Italian doctor was found to have the virus

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The hotel in Tenerife where an Italian doctor was found to have the virusCredit: AFP or licensors

Four guests from the hotel, including the doctor and his wife, are now in hospital after being diagnosed with the bug.

It is understood the two latest cases, also thought to be Italians, were part of a group of ten tourists who travelled to the island together.

The number of coronavirus cases globally has passed 80,000, with over 2,700 deaths being reported so far.

In South Korea, infections have risen again, taking the total to over 1,200, according to The Washington Post.

Italy and Iran, among the worst-hit countries, are battling to contain the outbreak of the virus.

The World Health Organisation said it is still early to label the spread of coronavirus as a pandemic, but countries should be “in a phase of preparedness”.

 Italy has become the worst-hit country in Europe

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Italy has become the worst-hit country in EuropeCredit: The Mega Agency


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