Coronavirus: British tourists warned against travelling to these towns in Italy

FEARS are intensifying over the spread of coronavirus in Europe as France reported its second death and the number of people in Italy with the virus continues to climb.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 11:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 11:43 am

Italian authorities have reported that the number of people infected in the country grew to 322, or up 45 per cent in 24 hours, and 11 people have now died.

Austria, Croatia and Switzerland also reported their first cases linked to the outbreak in Italy, while Spain and France recorded new ones, also involving people who had been to northern Italy.

France recorded its second death, a 60-year-old Frenchman who died in a Paris hospital.

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The first positive test in South America has also been recorded in a 61-year-old Brazilian man who had recently been to northern Italy.

The Foreign Office in the UK has updated its guidance on travel to Italy.

It is now advising against all but essential travel to 10 towns in Lombardy, including:

- Codogno

- Castiglione d'Adda

- Casalpusterlengo

- Fombio

- Maleo

- Somaglia

- Bertonico

- Terranova dei Passerini

- Castelgerundo

- San Fiorano

While Brits are also advised against all but essential travel to Vo' Euganeo in Veneto.

China, where the outbreak began, has reported 78,064 cases and 2,715 deaths, while South Korea has the second-highest number of cases with 1,261 and 11 deaths.