Spanish police quarantined over 1,000 tourists in a hotel on the island of Tenerife today after Spain confirmed its third case of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
The patient is an Italian man vacationing at the H10 Costa Adeje hotel, where the tourists are being kept under medical observation under the health ministry’s orders, according to the Spanish news agency El Mundo.
According to El País, the patient is from the Italian region of Lombardy, the epicenter of Europe’s largest coronavirus outbreak. Two of his travel companions have since tested negative for coronavirus.
There were 283 cases of infections in Italy as of midday today, according to the Italian health ministry. One of them was recorded in the Sicilian city of Palermo, in the country’s south.
Meanwhile, other European countries have reported their first cases, which appear connected to the outbreak in Italy.
In Croatia, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced today a case of a Zagreb man returning from holiday in Milan, according to Croatian media. And in Austria, Tyrolese governor Günther Platter reported that two cases have been confirmed, according to Der Standard. One of the patients is thought to be a 24-year-old man from Lombardy, according to the Austrian Press Agency.
To date, none of these cases have been reported as life-threatening.
In related news, the Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza is hosting his counterparts from Germany, Austria, France, Slovenia and Switzerland in Rome this afternoon for a meeting on containing the virus.