Austria Confirms Two Cases of Coronavirus; One in Switzerland

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Medical staff prepare beds at a temporary hospital which transformed from an exhibition center for accepting patients who diagnosed with the coronaviruses in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. (Chinatopix via AP)

Austria has confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus, a spokeswoman for the health authority in the province of Tyrol said on Tuesday.

They are two Italians who live in the province and were probably infected in Italy’s Lombardy region, Tyrol governor Guenther Platter was quoted as saying by local media.

Later in the day, Switzerland confirmed its first case of coronavirus. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health declined to say where it had been detected, but Swiss media said authorities in Ticino, on the border to Italy, had confirmed the case occurred in their region.

The new virus has already killed more than 2,600 people, most of them in China, and spread to about 29 other countries, according to a Reuters tally. The number of confirmed cases has risen above 80,000.

Europe’s biggest outbreak is in Italy with some 220 infections – from just three before Friday – and seven dead.