ROME: A second person in Italy has died from complications from the new coronavirus, Italian news agency ANSA said on Saturday (Feb 22).
The death of a woman in the northern region of Lombardy follows that of a 78-year-old man who died on Friday. The victim was a female resident in Milan's Lombardy region, ANSA said. Lombardy, Italy's financial and industrial heart, is the most stricken region with 27 cases.
There are 30 cases reported so far as the outbreak spreads in the north of the country.
The new wave of cases in Italy's northern regions have triggered shut-downs of shops, offices and community centres.
Public gatherings including Sunday masses and football matches were suspended, and schools and shops were closed down in an area south-west of Milan with around 50,000 residents, who were told by authorities to remain indoors.
Meanwhile, the condition of the first infected patient in Lombardy, a 38-year-old man from the town of Lodi who fell ill after meeting a friend who recently visited China, has stabilised.
After a meeting the chiefs of Italy's civil protection agency, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday the government was ready to consider further measures.
Italy was the first euro zone country to suspend all direct flights to and from China, provoking the ire of the Beijing government. It took the decision after two Chinese tourists from Wuhan tested positive in Rome in late January.
Prior to Friday, Italy had reported just three cases of the virus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
The health ministry has asked people entering Italy after visiting areas in China affected by the coronavirus to stay home under surveillance.