The first cases of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in Italy were confirmed on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019, caused by SARS-CoV-2. A week later, an Italian man repatriated back to Italy from the city of Wuhan, China, was hospitalised and confirmed to be the third case of the 2019–20 coronavirus in Italy. A cluster of cases were later detected, starting with 16 confirmed cases in Lombardy on 21 February. An additional 60 cases occurred on 22 February, and Italy's first deaths were reported on the same day.
As of 12 March, among nations with at least one million citizens, Italy has the world's highest per capita rate of positive coronavirus cases at 206.1 cases per million people, having more confirmed cases than all of mainland China outside Hubei province; and is the country with the second-highest number of positive cases as well as of deaths in the world, after mainland China. Eleven municipalities in northern Italy have been identified as the epicentres of the two main Italian clusters and placed under quarantine. The majority of positive cases in the other regions lead back to these two clusters. By 10 March, Italy had performed 60,761 tests for the virus. On 6 March 2020, the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) published medical ethics recommendations regarding triage protocols that might be employed.
^ abThe data on 2020-03-11, includes cases which were not reported on day 2020-03-10 by region Lombardy (approx. 600 cases, bringing the 2 days geometric average growth to +17%).
First confirmed cases
On 31 January, the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Rome. A Chinese couple, originally from Wuhan, who had arrived in Italy on January 23 via Milan Malpensa Airport travelled from the airport to Verona, then to Parma, arriving in Rome on 28 January. The next afternoon, they developed a cough, and by evening the man had a fever; the couple was brought to Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases where they tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and were hospitalised. The Italian government suspended all flights to and from China and declared a state of emergency. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Italy was the first EU country to take this kind of precautionary measure. The government also introduced thermal scanners and temperature checks on international passengers arriving at Italian airports.
On 6 February, an Italian repatriated from Wuhan tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Italy to three.
On 22 February, the repatriated Italian recovered and was discharged from the hospital. On 22 and 26 February, the two previously infected Chinese tourists tested negative for COVID-19 at Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute in Rome.
The Lombardy outbreak came to light when a 38-year-old Italian tested positive in Codogno, a comune in the province of Lodi. According to his wife, he had met an Italian friend who had returned from China on 21 January, who subsequently tested negative. On 14 February, he felt unwell and went to a doctor in Castiglione d'Adda. He was prescribed treatments for influenza. On 16 February, as the man's condition worsened, he went to Codogno Hospital, reporting respiratory problems. Initially there was no suspicion of COVID-19, so no additional precautionary measures were taken, and the virus was able to infect other patients and health workers. Later, the patient, his pregnant wife and a friend tested positive. Three more cases were confirmed on the same day after the patients reported symptoms of pneumonia. Thereafter, extensive screenings and checks were performed on everyone that had possibly been in contact with or near the infected subjects. It has been subsequently reported that the origin of these cases has a possible connection to the first European local transmission occurred in Munich, Germany, on 19 January 2020, consistent with phylogenetic analysis of viral genome.
The 38-year-old man was asymptomatic for weeks, reportedly led an active social life and potentially interacted with dozens of people before spreading the virus at Codogno Hospital. Afterward, he was transferred to Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia, and his wife to Sacco Hospital in Milan.
On 23 February, a 68-year-old woman with cancer from Trescore Cremasco died in Crema. The number of cases in Italy rose to 152, including fourteen patients being treated at Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia.
On 24 February, an 84-year-old man with pre-existing medical conditions from Villa di Serio died in Bergamo while hospitalised in the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital. An 88-year-old man from Caselle Landi, who resided in Codogno, died on the same day. An 80-year-old man from Castiglione d’Adda died at the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan. He was previously hospitalised in Lodi because of a heart attack, and then transferred to Milan when confirmed as positive. A 62-year-old man with pre-existing medical conditions from Castiglione d'Adda died in Sant'Anna Hospital in Como. Lombardy governor Attilio Fontana announced that the number of cases in Lombardy had risen to 172, with a total of 229 confirmed in Italy.
On 25 February, an 84-year-old man from Nembro, a 91-year-old man from San Fiorano and an 83-year-old woman from Codogno died from complications caused by the infections.
A new case linked to the outbreak in Lombardy appeared in Palermo, Sicily when a 60-year-old woman from Bergamo tested positive and was admitted to Cervello Hospital. A 49-year-old man who previously visited Codogno tested positive in Pescia, Tuscany.
Officials in Liguria confirmed that a 72-year-old female tourist from Castiglione d'Adda tested positive in Alassio while she was staying in a hotel. The woman was treated at a hospital in Genoa. Later in the day, a second case in Liguria was confirmed, a 54-year-old man who had visited Codogno for work and tested positive in La Spezia.
On 26 February, a 69-year-old man from Lodi with pre-existing medical conditions died in Emilia-Romagna. The mayor of Borgonovo Val Tidone, Pietro Mazzocchi, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and underwent a voluntary isolation at home.
Additional cases involving six minors were identified in Lombardy. A 4-year-old girl from Castiglione d'Adda was admitted to Policlinico San Matteo in Pavia, and a 15-year-old was hospitalised in Seriate Hospital in Bergamo. Two 10-year-olds from Cremona and Lodi tested positive and were discharged. A 17-year-old from Valtellina who attended a school in Codogno, and a school friend from Sondrio, also tested positive.
Officials in Apulia confirmed that a 33-year-old man from Taranto, who returned from Codogno on 23 January, tested positive and was admitted to San Giuseppe Moscati Hospital.
A close advisor to Lombardy governor Attilio Fontana tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Although Fontana tested negative, he decided to put himself in preventive isolation as well.
Officials in Campania confirmed two new cases. A 24-year-old woman from Caserta, who had visited Milan, tested positive. A 25-year-old Ukrainian woman from Cremona, who previously visited Lombardy, tested positive at a hospital in Vallo della Lucania. Both were transferred to Hospital Domenico Cotugno in Naples, where they underwent isolation.
On 26 February, a woman that had returned from Milan in the days before the emergency in Lombardy started tested positive for the virus in Catania, Sicily.
On 27 February, two 88-year-olds and an 80-year old died in Lombardy.
Officials in Abruzzo confirmed that a 50-year-old man from Brianza, Lombardy tested positive and was admitted to the intensive-care unit at Giuseppe Mazzini Hospital at Teramo. He and his family were staying in his holiday home at Roseto degli Abruzzi.
On 28 February, four people died, including an 85-year-old Lombardy resident in one of the quarantine zones at a hospital in Piacenza, a 77-year-old and two others over the age of 80.
As of 1 March, there were 984 confirmed cases and 73 recoveries in Lombardy.
On 4 March, Emilia-Romagna's regional minister of health, Raffaele Donini, and minister for territories, Barbara Lori, were declared positive for COVID-19. Governor Stefano Bonaccini and the other members of the regional government tested negative.
A secondary cluster of infections occurred in the region of Veneto, initially thought to be the result of a farmer being infected when visiting the primary source in Codogno. The farmer was tested, and the following day, the test was confirmed negative.
On 21 February 2020, two people tested positive in Veneto. The next day, one of them, a 78-year-old man, died at the Schiavonia Hospital in Monselice, making him the first fatality in Italy. The man lived in the municipality of Vò, which was put under quarantine.
On 25 February, a 76-year-old woman with pre-existing medical conditions died in Treviso.
On 26 February, an additional case involving a minor was identified. An 8-year-old girl who lived in Codevigo tested positive.
On 28 February, Veneto governor Luca Zaia mentioned that after the first two cases, he ordered all 3,300 Vò residents to be tested. Of 6,800 swabs, 1.7% were confirmed positive. This epidemiological study would be used for outbreak investigation by the University of Padua.
As of 28 February, there were 151 confirmed cases in Veneto, with 70 cases in the municipality of Vò, including the two fatalities.
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A number of cases have emerged in multiple regions that might be isolated and not associated with the Northern Italy clusters.
On 25 February, the first case in Florence, Tuscany involved a 63-year-old entrepreneur with companies in Asia who had returned from the Philippines and Singapore on 6 January. He tested positive and was admitted to Santa Maria Annunziata Hospital.
The first case in Rimini involved a 71-year-old man from Cattolica who returned from Romania on 22 February. He tested positive and was admitted to Infermi Hospital. A 51-year-old man from Piandimeleto who went to Romania with the man also tested positive and underwent self-quarantine at home. On 26 February, one of people with whom he had interacted in Romania tested positive.
On 26 February, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health confirmed that a 26-year-old Norwegian man living in Florence tested positive and was admitted to Santa Maria Annunziata Hospital. He had stayed in Norway for 14 days and returned to Florence five days before.
The passenger ferry GNV Rhapsody was placed under isolation in the port of Genoa with 58 crew members on board after a passenger tested positive for the virus after having sailed to Tunisia on the ship.
A US Navy sailor stationed in Naples tested positive on 6 March. Health officials in the US military began "a thorough contact investigation" to determine if any other personnel may have been exposed to the virus.
On 22 February, the government announced a new decree imposing the quarantine of more than 50,000 people from 11 different municipalities in Northern Italy. The quarantine zones are called the Red Zones and the areas in Lombardy and Veneto outside of them are called the Yellow Zones. Penalties for violations range from a €206 fine to three months of imprisonment. The Italian military and law enforcement agencies were instructed to secure and implement the lockdown.
Schools were closed in ten municipalities in Lombardy, one in Veneto and one in Emilia Romagna. All public events were cancelled and some commercial activities[which?] were halted or were allowed to resume only until 6 p.m. All religious services were cancelled. Regional train services to the most affected areas were suspended, with trains skipping stops at Codogno, Maleo and Casalpusterlengo stations.
People with symptoms were advised to call the 112 emergency number, instead of going directly to hospitals, in an effort to limit the disease's spread. The Ministry of Health provided a website and a direct line (1500) from which people could obtain the latest updates and information, as well as report suspected cases.
In addition to the emergency phone numbers 112 and 118, new dedicated numbers were added for the different regions — Lombardy 800894545, Campania 800909699, Veneto 800462340, Piedmont 800333444 and Emilia-Romagna 800033033. The Ocean Viking, a rescue ship operated by MSF and SOS Mediteranee that was carrying almost 300 migrants, was quarantined for 14 days in Pozzallo, Sicily.Trenitalia and Italo, the major providers for Italy's high-speed trains, ordered the installation of hand-sanitiser dispensers on all trains as well as the distribution of masks, disposable gloves and disinfectants to all onboard staff members.
Supermarkets in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna were emptied by customers as residents stockpiled food and supplies. Streets, parks and train stations in multiple cities in Lombardy were left deserted.
Multiple regions in Italy such as Liguria, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Abruzzo and Marche decided to close all schools and universities for two days to a week. Court proceedings were postponed until further notice.
The FTSE MIB Index fell by 6% and other stock market indices across Europe were also affected. Over 300,000 calls per day were logged on Lombardy's toll-free line as well as the emergency number 112. Some of the residents inside the Red Zone managed to leave the quarantined areas daily, bypassing the checkpoints by going through back roads.
On 25 February, USAF Aviano Air Base closed all schools until 28 February. General Tod D. Walters issued a travel ban covering the areas of Italy affected by the outbreak for US service members and their families. Driver's license exams were suspended in Lombardy and Veneto. The number of checkpoints in the Red Zones was increased from 15 to 35, and army personnel were sent to help staff the checkpoints.
Istituto Tecnico Economico Enrico Tosi in Varese, Istituto Comprensivo di Pianoro in Bologna and Liceo Attilio Bertolucci in Parma conducted lessons for students online while waiting for the schools to reopen. The University of Palermo suspended all activities until 9 March.
Multiple fairs and exhibitions were rescheduled. Salone del Mobile, a furniture fair in Milan, was postponed to 16 to 21 June. Bologna Children's Book Fair was rescheduled to 4 to 7 May. Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna, a cosmetic fair, was rescheduled to 11 to 15 June. Expocasa, a furniture fair in Turin, was rescheduled to 28 March to 5 April. Roma Motodays was postponed to 17 to 19 April.
Italy opened a probe into skyrocketing online prices for masks and sanitising gels. Police issued warnings that criminals were using false identities and posing as health inspectors to gain access to people's homes to steal money, jewellery and other valuables.
On 26 February, Director of Higher Health Council Franco Locatelli announced that swabbing would only be performed on symptomatic patients, as 95% of the swabs previously tested were negative.
On 27 February, Taranto, Apulia closed all schools until 29 February. Multiple schools were closed in Roseto degli Abruzzi.D'Annunzio University suspended all activities until 29 February. Cartoocomics Fair in Milan was rescheduled to 2 to 4 October. The Winter Rescue Race in Piedmont was cancelled.University of Bologna planned to set up a remote teaching project in which exams and lessons would be delivered to students online, to be partially completed on 2 March.Messina closed all schools from 29 February to 3 March.
On 28 February, during an interview with Rai News24, Professor Massimo Galli from the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan suggested that the majority of newly recorded cases were pre-existing cases that were finally detected during the extensive tests performed on people (and their relatives) who had come in contact with confirmed patients. The rapid increase of positive cases was the result of the blanket testing approach that was deployed following the first confirmed case in Codogno.
The Ministry of Health announced new guidelines for reporting cases. It would no longer report asymptomatic cases (positive swabs taken from patients who were not showing symptoms), which had counted as 40 to 50% of all reported cases at the time. These people would undergo isolation at home and would be followed up with new tests until they were negative. Universities in Lombardy extended their closure until 7 March.
On 1 March, the Council of Ministers approved a decree to organise the containment of the outbreak. In the decree, the Italian national territory was divided into three areas:
A red zone (composed of the municipalities of Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D'Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia and Terranova dei Passerini in Lombardy, and the municipality of Vò in Veneto), where the whole population is in quarantine.
A yellow zone (composed of the regions of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna), where social and sport events are suspended and schools, theatres, clubs and cinemas are closed.
The rest of the national territory, where safety and prevention measures are advertised in public places and special sanitisations are performed on means of public transport.
On 4 March, the Italian government imposed the shutdown of all schools and universities nationwide for two weeks as the country reached 100 deaths from the outbreak. The same day, the government ruled that all sporting events in Italy would be played behind closed doors until 3 April.
On 5 March, when the newly appointed Emilia-Romagna regional minister of health, Raffale Donini, tested positive for COVID-19, Governor Stefano Bonaccini appointed Sergio Venturi as commissioner for the emergency. Venturi was the regional minister of health until February 2020.
In the night between 7 and 8 March, the government approved a decree to lock down Lombardy and fourteen other provinces in Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont and Marche, involving more than 16 million people. The decree "absolutely avoided any movement into and out of the areas" and, like the previous one, it provided sanctions of up to three months in prison for those who violated the lockdown. It was possible to move into and out of the areas only for emergencies or "proven working needs", which must be authorized by the prefect. The decree also established the closure of all gyms, swimming pools, spas and wellness centres. Shopping centres had to be closed on weekends, while other commercial activities could remain open if a distance of one metre between customers could be guaranteed. The decree imposed the closure of museums, cultural centres and ski resorts in the lockdown areas and the closure of cinemas, theatres, pubs, dance schools, game rooms, betting rooms and bingo halls, discos and similar places in the entire country. Civil and religious ceremonies, including funeral ceremonies, were suspended. All organized events were also suspended, as well as events in public or private places, including those of a cultural, recreational, sporting and religious nature, even if held in closed places. This measure was described as the largest lockdown in the history of Europe, as well as the most aggressive response taken in any region beyond China, and paralysed the wealthiest parts of the country as Italy attempted to constrain the rapid spread of the disease.
Riots broke out in many penitentiaries throughout Italy after restrictions on conjugal visits were imposed by the government in the 8 March decree. Nine prisoners died in Modena and three in Rieti, while 76 detainees escaped from Foggia's penitentiary. Two prison agents were assaulted and kidnapped in Pavia. On 9 March in Bologna, detainees took control of the Dozza penitentiary, forcing personnel to exit the building. On 11 March, two prisoners were found dead in Bologna's penitentiary.
On 9 March, the government announced that all sporting events in Italy would be cancelled until at least 3 April, but the ban does not include Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions. In the evening, Conte announced in a press conference that all measures previously applied only in the so-called "red zones" had been extended to the whole country, putting approximately 60 million people in lockdown. Conte later proceeded to officially sign the new executive decree.
On 11 March, the government allocated 25 billion euros for the emergency. In the evening, Conte announced a tightening of the lockdown, with all commercial and retail businesses except those providing essential services, like grocery stores and pharmacies, closed down. He also appointed Domenico Arcuri as Delegated Commissioner for the Emergency. Arcuri will cooperate with Commissioner Angelo Borrelli with the aim of strengthening the distribution of intensive care equipment.
On 7 March, the government prepared to extend until 3 April the restricted zone to all of Lombardy, plus fourteen other provinces in Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Piedmont. The lockdown affects over 16 million people, roughly a quarter of Italy's total population, and prevents people from entering or leaving the zone, except "for proven occupational needs or situations of need or for health reasons", under threat of fines. The enclave nation of San Marino, which is nestled between two of the provinces, has been effectively locked down as well.
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Entrance refused to people from Italy
Entrance refused to people from northern Italy
Imposed quarantine on people arriving from Italy
Imposed quarantine on people arriving from Italy in some areas of the country only
Imposed quarantine on people arriving from some areas of Italy
On 23 February 2020, Austria suspended all trains to and from Italy for a few hours because of suspected cases.Romania instituted a quarantine for people arriving from Lombardy and Veneto.
Brazil added Italy to its COVID-19 alert list, meaning that passengers entering Brazil from Italy showing flu symptoms would undergo medical checkups.Argentina, France, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Serbia and South Africa issued multiple recommendations that included postponement of school trips to Italy, a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from Lombardy and Veneto and a warning for all citizens to not to travel to regions of Italy affected by the outbreak. A joint WHO and ECDC mission arrived in Italy to support COVID-19 control and prevention efforts. Following the discovery of a case involving an Italian citizen, the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife was put on lockdown.
The European Parliament's Director General for Personnel, Kristian Knudsen, requested that staff who had travelled to areas affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, including parts of Italy, China, Singapore and South Korea, to self-quarantine and work from home for 14 days.
Two intercity buses operated by Flixbus, one travelling from Lyon to Rijeka via Turin, the other travelling from Turin to Zagreb, were stopped at the Croatian border for a few hours as the passengers underwent health checks.
Russia, Spain and Turkey issued a recommendation for all citizens not to travel to regions of Italy affected by the outbreak.El Salvador barred the entry of travellers arriving from Italy.
On 28 February, Germany enacted new health security measures to include regulations for air and sea travel, requiring passengers from multiple countries, including Italy, to report their health status before entry. Train railway companies must report passengers with symptoms to authorities and the federal police would step up checks within 30 kilometres of the border.
On 3 March, India suspended all visas to nationals of Italy, as well as visa to foreign nationals who have travelled to Italy on or after February 1, 2020. Passengers arriving directly or indirectly from Italy must undergo medical screening at port of entry.
On 4 March, Thailand declared that people travelling from Italy must be quarantined for 14 days after arriving, with no exceptions.
On 8 March, Romania declared that people travelling from Italy must be quarantined for 14 days after arriving on a connecting flight or by road, with no exceptions, and suspended flights from Italy from 9 March to 23 March.
On 10 March, Slovenia barred entry to foreign nationals travelling from Italy. On same day also Austria barred entry to foreign nationals travelling from Italy with exception for people with medical documents and people who travel only through Austria to Germany without stop in Austria.
Spread to other countries and territories
Countries and territories with COVID-19 cases linked directly to Italian cluster
A number of COVID-19 cases have emerged worldwide that appear to have been the result of infections associated with the Northern Italy clusters. As of 2 March 2020, 30 countries and territories have confirmed cases that appear to have originated from Italy.
On 25 February 2020, Algeria confirmed its first case, an Italian man from Bertonico, Lombardy who arrived in the country on 17 February.
Côte d'Ivoire –
On Tuesday, 10 March, Côte d'Ivoire confirmed its first case, a 45-year old Ivorien male who had sojourned in Italy.
On 2 March, the Moroccan Ministry of Health reported its first case, a man who had lived in Italy.
On 28 February 2020, Nigeria confirmed its first case, an Italian man who tested positive at Lagos University Teaching Hospital and was treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, Lagos. He entered Nigeria from Milan on 25 February for a brief business visit, then fell ill the next day.
Senegal confirmed on 12 March that their fifth confirmed case was a Senegalese national who returned from Italy on 6 March.
Tunisia confirmed its first case on 2 March 2020, and identified the patient as a Tunisian who had returned from Italy.
On 3 March, Argentina confirmed its first case, a 43-year-old man who arrived in Argentina two days earlier after a trip that included northern Italy.
Two people who returned from Italy to Bolivia were tested positive.
On 25 February, Brazil confirmed its first case, a 61-year-old man from São Paulo who travelled to Lombardy between 9 and 21 February. He showed mild symptoms and was quarantined at home.
Cases 21 and 27 in Ontario were persons who had travelled to Italy.
On 5 March, Chile confirmed its third case, a 56-year-old man who travelled across Europe and visited Northern Italy.
The first case in Colombia, confirmed in March, was of person who had travelled to Milan.
On 11 March, Italian tourists brought the virus to yet another country, with Cuba confirming that three tourists from Italy were confirmed to have the disease in Trinidad.
Dominican Republic –
On 1 March, authorities in the Dominican Republic confirmed the first case in the country, a tourist coming from Italy.
On 28 February, Mexico confirmed its first two cases of COVID-19. A 35-year-old man in Mexico City and a 41-year-old man in the northern state of Sinaloa who tested positive were held in isolation at a hospital and a hotel, respectively. They had both travelled to Bergamo and stayed in Italy for a week in mid-February.
Armenia confirmed that three cases were imported from Italy on 12 March.
On 8 March, Bangladesh confirmed its first cases; two are Bangladeshis who had returned from Italy and another is a family member of one of the two who returned.
On 2 March, the Indian capital of New Delhi confirmed its first case, an Indian national who had returned from Italy. Later the same day, an Italian tourist who had arrived in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 29 February tested positive in a second test after having previously tested negative. On 3 March, his wife also tested positive.
On 4 March, 14 more Italian tourists who were kept at a quarantine facility in Delhi were confirmed positive, as well as the group's Indian driver. A Paytm employee in Gurgaon who had returned from a vacation in Italy also tested positive. On 8 March, five members of a family in Kerala tested positive, three of whom had returned from Italy.
On 28 February, Malaysia confirmed that a 54-year-old Italian who was married to a Malaysian tested positive and was admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital. He was in Italy from 15 to 21 February for work.
The Maldives' first cases were two staffers at Kuredu Island Resort who caught the disease from an Italian tourist who had returned to Italy and tested positive there.
A case was recorded of a patient who had travelled to Milan.
South Korea –
On 28 February, South Korea confirmed that a 38-year-old man living in Gwangjin who visited Milan from 19 to 24 February was admitted to Seoul Medical Center.
Sri Lanka –
Like nearby Maldives, Sri Lanka was also affected by a group of infected Italian tourists, who passed on the disease to a 52-year old tour guide upon their visit to the island nation.
On 5 March, Thailand announced that its 44th and 45th confirmed cases, a 29-year-old Italian and 42-year-old Thai, had arrived in Thailand from Italy on 2 March. Both were admitted in Chonburi Province.
Case 17 had travelled to Italy (as well as to France and the UK).
On 9 March, a 54-year-old man and his 28-year-old son, who had travelled from Florence to Albania by car, were confirmed positive. Three other people from the men's family were suspected of having the virus. Another Albanian who had gone to Italy for a one-day trip is suspected.
On 2 March, Andorra registered its first case, a 20-year-old man who had been to Milan.
On 25 February, Austria confirmed its first two cases, a 24-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman from Lombardy who had visited their hometown in Bergamo, tested positive and were treated at a hospital in Innsbruck, Tyrol.
On 27 February, a couple who tested positive and their two children who were showing symptoms were admitted to Kaiser-Franz-Josef Hospital. The family was previously on holiday in Lombardy. On 28 February, one of the children, a 15-year-old boy, tested positive.
Nine patients diagnosed with the virus had travelled from Northern Italy. Belgium has confirmed that there are many more and that Italy is the source of most of its cases.
Bulgaria – On 8 March, Bulgaria confirmed its first two cases.
On 25 February, Croatia confirmed its first case, a 26-year-old man who had stayed in Milan between 19 and 21 February and was hospitalised at the Dr. Fran Mihaljević University Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb.
On 26 February, the man's twin brother tested positive and was admitted to the same hospital. A Croatian man who worked in Parma, Italy also tested positive and was admitted to a hospital in Rijeka.
One of the country's first two cases had a travel history to Milan.
Czech Republic –
On 1 March, Czech Republic confirmed its first three cases. As of 8 March, 24 of 31 confirmed cases in the country have links to Italy, leading the government to institute a mandatory quarantine for all persons with a history of recent travel to Italy.
On 27 February, Denmark confirmed its first case, a man who had returned from a ski holiday in Valmalenco, Sondrio and was tested at Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde and quarantined at home.
On 28 February, a man who had returned from a ski holiday in Northern Italy on 15 February tested positive at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen and was placed in home quarantine.
On 29 February, an employee at the Aarhus University Hospital who had been to a conference in Munich, Germany, where he had met an infected person from Italy, tested positive. On 3 March, five people who had returned from Northern Italy tested positive.
On 3 March, Estonia confirmed its second case, a patient who had arrived on 29 February from Bergamo and was travelling through Riga Airport. Two other Estonian passengers from the same flight and one returnee from Bergamo arriving through Tallinn Airport tested positive on 5 March.
On 26 February, Finland confirmed that a Finnish woman who had visited Milan and was back in Finland on 22 February tested positive at the Helsinki University Central Hospital.
On 28 February, a Finnish woman who had travelled to Northern Italy tested positive at the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District and was placed in home isolation.
On 25 February, France confirmed that a 64-year-old man from La Balme-de-Sillingy who had returned from a trip to Lombardy on 15 February tested positive and was treated at Centre Hospitalier Annecy-Genevois, Épagny-Metz-Tessy. His wife also tested positive and was admitted to the same hospital.
On 26 February 2020, a 36-year-old man who had made multiple trips to Lombardy tested positive and was treated at Nouvel Hôpital Civil, Strasbourg.
On 27 February 2020, a daughter and a friend of the infected couple from La Balme-de-Sillingy were confirmed positive. A Italian man living in Montpellier who had just returned from Italy was admitted to Centre Hospitalier Universitaire. A person who had travelled to Italy was admitted to Hôpital Bichat, Paris.
On 28 February 2020, two relatives of the infected couple from La Balme-de-Sillingy tested positive. A 23-year-old fashion student from Nice who had recently returned from Milan tested positive at Nice University Hospital Center and was admitted to Hôpital l'Archet.
On 25 February 2020, Germany confirmed that a 25-year-old man from Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg who recently returned from Milan tested positive and was treated in Klinik am Eichert.
On 26 February 2020, the man's 24-year-old girlfriend and her 60-year-old father, a chief physician at University Hospital Tübingen, tested positive and were admitted to the same hospital. A 32-year-old man from Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg who had visited Codogno with his family on 23 February tested positive and was admitted to a hospital for isolation.
On 27 February, Bavaria confirmed that a man from Middle Franconia tested positive after having contact with an Italian man who later tested positive. Baden-Württemberg confirmed that two women and a man from Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald and Freiburg, respectively, tested positive. They had contact with an Italian participant at a business meeting in Munich who tested positive in Italy. A man from Böblingen who had had contact with the girlfriend of the patient from Göppingen also tested positive.
On 28 February, a man from Freiburg who had travelled to Bergamo tested positive and underwent isolation. A man from Rhine-Neckar was admitted to the University Hospital Heidelberg. A 32-year-old man in Heilbronn who was in Milan on 21 February fell ill and was admitted to a hospital.
On 28 February 2020, Georgia confirmed that a 31-year-old Georgian woman who had travelled to Italy tested positive and was admitted to Infectious Diseases Hospital in Tbilisi.
On 26 February 2020, Greece confirmed its first case, a 38-year-old woman from Thessaloniki who had recently visited Northern Italy and was admitted to AHEPA University Hospital.
On 27 February, her 9-year-old child tested positive and was admitted to the same hospital. A 40-year-old woman from Athens who had travelled to Italy tested positive.
On 28 February, a 36-year-old woman from Athens who had recently travelled to Italy tested positive. Both were admitted to the Attikon University General Hospital.
Three of the seven cases in Hungary reported to date are linked to Italy.
On 28 February 2020, Iceland confirmed its first case, an Icelandic male in his 50s who had previously been to Northern Italy and was placed in solitary confinement in Landspítali in Reykjavík.
On 5 March, a total of 34 cases had been confirmed in Iceland, most of which are imported cases from Italy.
On 27 February 2020, Ireland's first case was confirmed by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. The male patient had travelled to an affected region in Northern Italy. A second, unrelated case was confirmed on 3 March, a female in the eastern portion of Ireland who had travelled to Italy.
On 2 March, Latvia confirmed its first case, a person who had travelled from Milan to Munich and then to Riga on 29 February.
The nation's second and fourth cases were persons who had travelled to Italy.
A 12-year-old Italian brought the infection to Malta.
On 7 March, Moldova confirmed its first case, a 48-year-old woman who had returned from Italy. Moldova confirmed the existence of imported case from diseased Italy on 11 March.
On 27 February, the Netherlands confirmed its first case, a man who had been in Lombardy and was admitted to Elisabeth-TweeSteden Hospital in Tilburg.
On 28 February, a woman from Amsterdam who had visited Lombardy was in home isolation in Diemen.
North Macedonia –
On 26 February, North Macedonia confirmed its first case, a woman who tested positive at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, Skopje. She had stayed in Italy for a month and had been sick for two weeks. Upon returning to North Macedonia, she immediately reported to the clinic.
On 27 February, Norway confirmed that two people who tested positive were linked to the outbreak in Italy. They were quarantined at home in Oslo.
On 28 February, an individual from Bergen and an employee of Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål tested positive and were placed in home isolation. Both had visited Northern Italy.
On 6 March, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported that 79 of the 113 confirmed cases in Norway were linked to the outbreak in northern Italy.
Of the country's first five cases, two were from Italy, two were from Germany and one was from the UK.
On 2 March, a doctor who had travelled to Northern Italy and became ill on 29 February was confirmed positive at Hospital de São João in Porto. On 4 March, a 44-year-old man who had travelled to Italy was confirmed positive at the same hospital.
On 26 February, Romania confirmed its first case, a man from Gorj who tested positive after having come in contact with an 71-year-old man from Cattolica, Italy. The Italian man visited his wife's family and had several business meetings in Romania from 18 to 22 February. The Romanian man was admitted to National Institute of Infectious Diseases Prof. Dr. Matei Balș in Bucharest.
On 28 February, a 45-year-old man from Maramureș who had returned from Italy on 25 February was admitted to the Clinic of Infectious Diseases and then transferred to Cluj. A 38-year-old woman who had returned from Bergamo tested positive was admitted to a hospital in Timișoara.
On 3 March, a 47-year-old man who had travelled in the same plane with the 38-year-old woman was confirmed positive and admitted to the same hospital.
The majority of confirmed cases in Romania are related to Italy.
On 2 March, a Russian citizen who had returned from Italy was diagnosed.
San Marino –
On 27 February, San Marino confirmed its first case, an 88-year-old man with pre-existing medical conditions who was hospitalised at Rimini Hospital.
On 6 March, Serbia registered its first case, a 43-year-old man who had been to Budapest and Italy. At least one other case had been to Italy.
An asymptomatic man who had travelled to Venice between 14 and 15 February transmitted the virus to his father and his wife.
Many Slovenian cases are linked to Italy, including the nation's fourth and fifth cases.
On 24 February, a 69-year-old medical doctor from Lombardy who had been vacationing in Tenerife since 17 February tested positive at the University Hospital of the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria. A 25-year-old man returning from a holiday in Italy also tested positive in Asturias.
On 25 February, the wife of the doctor from Lombardy tested positive and was admitted to the same hospital where her husband was being treated. A 36-year-old Italian woman living in Barcelona who had visited Bergamo and Milan from 12 to 22 February also tested positive. A man from Villarreal who had recently travelled to Milan tested positive and was admitted to Hospital Universitario de La Plana. A 24-year-old man from Madrid who had recently returned from Northern Italy tested positive and was admitted to Hospital Carlos III.
On 26 February, two Italian tourists who were vacationing with the Lombardy doctor and his wife also tested positive. The group were transferred to University Hospital of the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and underwent quarantine. A 22-year-old man from Barcelona who travelled to Milan between 22 and 25 February tested positive and was admitted to Hospital Clínic. A woman from La Gomera who travelled to Italy between 4 and 8 February tested positive and was admitted to Hospital General de La Gomera in Tenerife.
On 27 February, a 44-year-old man from Valencia who worked as a sportswriter and had travelled to Milan's Siro Stadium on 19 February to watch a football game tested positive and was admitted to Hospital Clínico Universitario de València. Two other people with whom he had made contact also tested positive and were admitted to the same hospital. Two more people who had visited the same football game in Milan were hospitalised at the same place. A woman who had visited Milan was hospitalised at Hospital de Sagunto, Valencia. An Italian student studying in Valencia who had visited Northern Italy was admitted to Hospital Universitario Doctor Peset. A 22-year-old woman from Tenerife who had travelled to Italy from 19 to 25 February was admitted to Hospital Clínic. An 18-year-old Italian student studying at IE University, Segovia, who had just returned from Milan, was admitted to Hospital General de Segovia.
On 28 February, a 27-year-old man from Aragon with a history of recent trips to Milan tested positive.
On 26 February, Sweden confirmed that a 30-year-old man who previously visited Northern Italy fell ill three days after returning to Sweden and was admitted to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.
On 27 February, three patients in their 30s were confirmed positive in Västra Götaland. Two of them had been in contact with the Gothenburg patient, while the other had previously visited Italy.
On 28 February, a man in his 50s who had returned from Northern Italy on 24 February tested positive and was admitted to a hospital in Jönköping.
On 25 February, Switzerland confirmed its first case, a 70-year-old man in the canton of Ticino who had previously visited Milan.
On 27 February, a 28-year-old IT worker from Geneva who had recently returned from Milan tested positive and was admitted to Geneva University Hospital. Two Italian children on vacation in Graubünden tested positive and were hospitalised. A 26-year-old man in Aargau who had visited Verona on a business trip the previous week tested positive and was hospitalised. A 30-year-old woman who visited Milan was admitted to a hospital in Zurich. A young woman who had travelled to Milan tested positive in Basel-City. She worked for a daycare centre in Riehen, and after her test was confirmed, the children at the daycare were put into a two-week quarantine. On 28 February, her partner, a 23-year-old man, also tested positive in Basel-Country. On 29 February, the man's mother tested positive as well.
On 28 February, a 45-year-old-man who had travelled to Milan tested positive in Zürich.
On 3 March, Ukraine confirmed its first case in Chernivtsi, a man who had travelled from Italy by plane to the Romanian city of Suceava and then to Ukraine by car with his wife.
United Kingdom –
On 27 February, the United Kingdom confirmed that a patient who had visited Milan tested positive and was admitted to Royal Free Hospital in London.Northern Ireland reported its first case, an adult who had travelled from Northern Italy via Dublin and was admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
On 28 February, Wales reported its first case, a patient who had returned from northern Italy was treated at a specialist unit in England.
^Mounk, Yascha (11 March 2020). "The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020. Now the Italian College of Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) has published guidelines for the criteria that doctors and nurses should follow in these extraordinary circumstances. The document begins by likening the moral choices facing Italian doctors to the forms of wartime triage that are required in the field of “catastrophe medicine.”