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Wuhan coronavirus: Romania detects first case after man has contact with Italian visitor

Christian Fernsby |
Romania's health minister has confirmed the first coronavirus infection.

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Health Minister Victor Costache told a news briefing yesterday that a man from the southwestern county of Gorj has tested positive, adding that his condition at this time was good and that he was not showing symptoms.

Costache said the man, who was not identified, had contact with a 71-year-old Italian from Rimini during a hunting trip in Romania.

"He is in a good condition and will be transferred to a Bucharest infectious hospital," Costache told the news conference.

He told reporters that the "evolution of the virus is unpredictable there may be no more cases, one more case, two cases or more."

"But this is not an epidemic. We are talking about a single case. And if we talk about two, three, four cases, it's still not an epidemic," he added.

Raed Arafat, an infectious disease expert, said the man was living in a residence with at least six other people, all of whom had tested negative for Wuhan coronavirus that globally has killed more than 2,700 people and infected some 81,000 others, most of them in China.

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