Mystery deepens in Italy on how the coronavirus is spreading – alleged patient zero tests ‘negative’ | The Extinction Protocol

Health authorities are struggling to work out how the outbreak started. The first cases were announced only on Friday and doctors do not know its source. Initial suspicion in Lombardy fell on a businessman recently returned from China, the epicenter of the new virus, but he has tested negative. In Veneto, doctors tested a group of eight Chinese visitors who had been to the town that was home to the first fatality, but again, they all tested negative. “We are (now) even more worried because if we cannot find ‘patient zero’ then it means the virus is even more ubiquitous than we thought,” Zaia said. Prior to Friday, Italy had reported just three cases of the virus – all of them people who had recently arrived from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the illness emerged last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was concerned by the upsurge in new cases and a lack of clarity over its spread. –Straits Times

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