The primary case of the novel coronavirus within the Netherlands was detected on Thursday, in a affected person who had travelled to northern Italy, the worst hit space in Europe, the nationwide public well being institute introduced.
People who’ve been in “close contact” with the person have been examined and the affected person positioned in isolation in a hospital within the southern city of Tilburg, the Nationwide Institute for Public Well being and the Atmosphere (RIVM) mentioned.
The general public well being physique suggested everybody within the nation to watch out to keep away from extra infections.
“I am in direct contact with (Health Minister) Bruno Bruins, among others, on the measures taken to prepare our country for this,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte mentioned on Twitter, including that he hoped the affected person would make a restoration.
The person involved had visited Italy’s Lombardy area. A number of cities in northern Italy have been positioned in quarantine.