Now coronavirus reaches Ukraine and Gibraltar: Officials confirm cases in both nations were patients who caught the virus in Italy as global infection toll tops 92,000

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
By Paul Martin

Health chiefs said the man tested positive after catching the infection in Italy
He then travelled to Chernivtsi, where he was taken to hospital, via Romania
His wife has quarantined herself at home amid fears she may also be infected
Almost 80 countries have recorded cases of COVID-19 since the crisis began
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3 March 2020

Ukraine and Gibraltar have today become the latest nations to record a case of the killer coronavirus.

Health officials in Ukraine revealed a man tested positive after catching the deadly infection in Italy and travelling to Chernivtsi via Romania.

Authorities said the man is in a stable condition in hospital. His wife has quarantined herself at home amid fears she may also be infected.

Gibraltar’s health minister confirmed the British territory’s case also travelled to Italy and said their partner was showing flu-like symptoms.

Almost 80 countries have now recorded cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that first emerged in China in December.

More than 92,000 patients have been infected across the world and at least 3,100 have died.

Ihor Kuzin, the acting head of the health ministry’s public health center, confirmed the case in Chernivtsi – close to the border of Romania and Moldova.

Deputy health minister Viktor Lyashko said: ‘Yesterday, I told you that we had four suspected cases. Today, one of those cases has been confirmed.’

Gibraltar’s chief health minister Fabian Picardo confirmed the British territory’s case on Twitter, but did not confirm the patient’s identity.

He wrote: ‘We have a confirmed case of #Coronavirus #Covid19 in Gibraltar. The patient had travelled to Northern Italy via Malaga airport.

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