Austria, Croatia report first cases of coronavirus infection


Posted at Feb 25 2020 08:42 PM | Updated as of Feb 26 2020 02:56 AM

The coronavirus disease has reached the European states of Austria and Croatia, as authorities report their first cases of the infection.

Austria confirmed its first two cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), 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.

The new virus has already killed more than 2,600 people, most of them in China, the origin of the virus, 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.

Meanwhile, Croatia has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus infection in a patient who is hospitalized in the capital Zagreb, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday.

"The patient is in the Zagreb clinic for infectious diseases. It is a younger person and has milder symptoms. He is in isolation and his condition is good at the moment," Plenkovic told a news conference.

Health Minister Vili Beros said that the patient had stayed in Milan from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21.