İrem UZUN -TDO- Several European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, all apparently linked to the growing outbreak in Italy. Austria, Croatia, Greece and Switzerland said the cases involved people who had been to Italy, as did Algeria in Africa. The first positive virus test has been recorded in Latin America - a Brazilian resident just returned from Italy. Italy has in recent days become Europe's worst-affected country. Authorities have confirmed more than 300 cases and 12 deaths there, the most recent a 70-year-old resident of Lombardy who died after being taken to intensive care in Parma. The country has also seen four children infected.
Austrian authorities have placed a hotel in the popular Alpine tourist region on lockdown, after a receptionist was one of two people in the country to test positive for the new COVID-19 virus, Reuters reported. The hotel is under lockdown until authorities search for the people who may have come in contact with her. Another hotel in the Canary Islands has gone on lockdown after one of its guest tested positive for the new coronavirus. France has reported the first death of a French citizen from coronavirus, as well as four new cases of the disease. A Frenchman age 60 died at a hospital in Paris, Jerome Salomon, France's director general of health, told reporters. Greece has confirmed its first case of coronavirus, in the port city of Thessaloniki. Two new coronavirus cases have also been confirmed in Germany, reached total number of 18 in the country. In Balkans, Croatia reported two cases of coronavirus, a male who visited Italy, and his brother.
Health ministers from France, Germany, Italy and the EU Commission committed to keeping frontiers open at a meeting on Tuesday as new cases of the virus emerged throughout Europe and in central and southern Italy.