Austria Reports First Coronavirus Cases

By Anna Breuer on 27 February 2020
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Austria became the next European country to experience an outbreak of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus was brought into the country by a man and woman, both 24, who had visited their home near Bergamo in Lombardy, one of the two Italian regions at the center of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak.  The couple drove to Innsbruck on Friday.

The woman was a receptionist at a hotel and her boyfriend was visiting. Local officials sealed the hotel while testing 62 people for the virus.

Italy is at the center of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak.  As of early Friday, 650 people had tested positive for the coronavirus and the death toll in the country had risen to 17.

Meanwhile, in Innsbruck, nine people who had been in close contact with the receptionist were placed in a 14-day quarantine, as were three additional people in the couple’s immediate social circle.

“The health condition of all 62 tested people is good,” Tyrol’s provincial government said in a statement on Wednesday.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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