New Coronavirus cases appearing to be linked with Italy reported in Europe

A cyclist talks to police officers controlling movements to and from the cordoned area in Casalpusterlengo, Northern Italy, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Credit: Luca Bruno/AP.)

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Several European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, with all appearing to be linked to the growing outbreak in Italy.

Austria, Croatia and Switzerland said the cases involved people who had been to Italy, as did Algeria in Africa.

The first positive virus test has been recorded in Latin America – a Brazilian resident just returned from Italy.

An Italian doctor also tested positive on Tenerife.

The Algerian Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday the first case of coronavirus in the country, an Italian man who arrived on February 17.

Italy has in recent days become Europe’s worst-affected country, with more than 300 cases and 11 deaths.

Eleven people have died from the coronavirus in Italy, commissioner Angelo Borrelli told a press conference Tuesday. He said three 80-year-olds had died in the last few hours.