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France, EU partners to discuss coronavirus: French health minister

A third person dies in Italy

Four test positive in England after cruise ship evacuation

EU sees 'no need to panic' over Italy outbreak


French Health Minister Olivier Veran said he would talk with his European counterparts soon to discuss how to best cope with a possible epidemic risk in Europe as Italy battles with an explosion of cases.

"Tonight there is no epidemic in France. But there is a problematic situation at the door, in Italy, that we are watching with great attention," Veran told a news conference.

"The situation tonight is very evolutive at [the] international level," he added. "I spoke with my Italian and German counterparts ... We have agreed to have a discussion between several European health ministers, probably next week, to assess how we can together face epidemic risk," he said.

A third person infected with the coronavirus has died in Italy, a regional official said, as the government struggles to contain an outbreak of the illness in the north of the country with more than 130 cases reported since Friday.

Lombardy regional councillor Giulio Gallera told reporters the victim was an elderly woman from the province of Cremona, in the Lombardy region.

The woman was also suffering from cancer, Gallera said.


Four test positive in England after cruise ship evacuation


Four passengers have tested positive for coronavirus in England after being evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, Chief Medical Officer of Public Health England Chris Whitty said in a statement.

"The virus was passed on in the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the patients are being transferred from Arrow Park to specialist NHS infection centres," the statement added.

The new cases brought the total number of cases in the United Kingdom to 13.

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Update on #coronavirus:
Four further patients in England have tested positive for #COVID-19. The virus was passed on in the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the patients are being transferred to specialist NHS centres.
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EU sees 'no need to panic' over Italy outbreak


The European Union sees "no need to panic" over a coronavirus outbreak in Italy that has already killed two people and infected more than 100 in the country, the bloc's economic affairs commissioner said.

"The EU has full confidence in the Italian authorities and the decisions they are taking," Paolo Gentiloni told reporters after a meeting of the G20 financial leaders in Saudi Arabia.

"We share concern for possible contagion (but )there is no need to panic."

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