First coronavirus death in Italy

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Rome: Italy reported its first death to the new coronavirus strain on Saturday (February 22), involving a retired 78-year-old bricklayer, local media reported, citing Venetian governor Luca Zaia.

The older man died in the northern Italian city of Padua, the Ansa news agency reported, as quoted by Sputnik. Earlier in the day, health officials in the European country reported 14 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of people infected to 17.

Coronavirus is originally from the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since killed more than 2,200 people in the country alone, while several cases have been reported worldwide, including India.