5:11 p.m. ET, January 30, 2020
Italy confirms two cases of coronavirus
Italy has confirmed two cases of coronavirus on its territory, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a press conference in Rome on Thursday evening.
The individuals affected are two Chinese tourists who arrived in Rome a couple of days ago, Conte said.
“We have already prepared all the precautionary measures to isolate these two cases,” Conte said, adding that he will convene the Council of Ministers on Friday to take "further measures."
"There is no reason to create social alarm or panic," Conte concluded.
Italy's Health Minister Roberto Speranza said: “We will try to trace the path of these two people in our country. The situation is serious, but absolutely under control.”
The patients were placed in isolation as soon as they displayed symptoms of the virus, said Professor Giuseppe Ippolito, director the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Spallanzani in Rome.
He added the patients are currently in "good condition".