Lithuania reports first case of coronavirus in traveler returning from Italy

A photo shows people walking on an almost empty Piazza del Duomo in central Milan, on February 27, 2020 amid fears over the spread of the novel Coronavirus. (AFP)

Lithuania reported its first coronavirus infection on Friday, in a woman who returned this week from a visit to Italy’s northern city of Verona, the government said, as the disease spreads rapidly worldwide.

Hopes that the virus would be contained to China vanished, with countries beginning to stockpile medical equipment and investors taking flight in expectation of a global recession.

In a statement, the Lithuanian government said the woman had been isolated in hospital in the northern town of Siauliai following her return on Monday.

She has been under observation since, and is showing only slight symptoms, with no elevated temperature at the moment, it added.

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