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Italy: Lombardy governor self-isolates after collaborator tests positive for coronavirus

Italy, Milan
February 27, 2020 at 10:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lombardy region governor Attilio Fontana will be in self-isolation after one of his close collaborators was tested positive for coronavirus, he informed in Milan on Wednesday.

Addressing the population via a video posted on social media, Fontana said that a planned press conference was cancelled due to his collaborator being infected by the flu-like virus.

"It is a person with whom I am constantly working, a person I deeply respect, a person who helps me a lot, a very good person, however unfortunately, these are the results of analyses she had, positive for the coronavirus."

Fontana specified however that his test was negative.

"For now I have not been infected. None of those submitted to the analysis has been infected, whereby we can continue to work and we can dedicate ourselves to this battle to stop the spread of this virus," he confirmed, before adding that he will observe the recommendations given by health authorities.

"For two weeks I will try to live in a kind of self-isolation which would first of all protect other people surrounding me, who live with me and primarily people who work with me."

The self-quarantined governor then proceeded to put on a respiratory mask and said "do not be scared, it is still me, even if I am ready to protect all the other Lombardians who would have contact with me."

The north of Italy is facing the largest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with 12 dead and 400 infected, mainly in the densely populated northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto - where the cities of Milan and Venice are located respectively.

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Lombardy region governor Attilio Fontana will be in self-isolation after one of his close collaborators was tested positive for coronavirus, he informed in Milan on Wednesday.

Addressing the population via a video posted on social media, Fontana said that a planned press conference was cancelled due to his collaborator being infected by the flu-like virus.

"It is a person with whom I am constantly working, a person I deeply respect, a person who helps me a lot, a very good person, however unfortunately, these are the results of analyses she had, positive for the coronavirus."

Fontana specified however that his test was negative.

"For now I have not been infected. None of those submitted to the analysis has been infected, whereby we can continue to work and we can dedicate ourselves to this battle to stop the spread of this virus," he confirmed, before adding that he will observe the recommendations given by health authorities.

"For two weeks I will try to live in a kind of self-isolation which would first of all protect other people surrounding me, who live with me and primarily people who work with me."

The self-quarantined governor then proceeded to put on a respiratory mask and said "do not be scared, it is still me, even if I am ready to protect all the other Lombardians who would have contact with me."

The north of Italy is facing the largest coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with 12 dead and 400 infected, mainly in the densely populated northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto - where the cities of Milan and Venice are located respectively.

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