The 56 Italians who were repatriated from the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the dissemination of the coronavirus, arrived in Rome on Monday and will be transferred to an authorized space in an army barracks on the periphery of the capital to be subjected to a period of isolation from two weeks.
One of the Italians, a 17-year-old student who had requested repatriation, however had to remain in the city because he presented a feverish state at the time of the evacuation and will now be tested to find out if he has been infected with the coronavirus
The plane with the returnees landed at the military airport of Pratica di Mare, near Rome, and international health protocols were immediately activated.
“There are 56 passengers. Everything went well and nobody seems to have had any problems on the flight. Among them there are also six children,” Stefano Verrecchia, head of the crisis unit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Italian media.
Verrecchia explained that the Italian teenager had to stay in Wuhan because he had a fever is now under observation in the hospital of the Chinese city and that the embassy is monitoring his situation and that now the evacuees will be examined and taken to Cecchignola “where, if necessary , they can also count on psychological assistance. “
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio thanked everyone who organized the return of the Wuhan Italians on Twitter.
Currently, in Italy there have been two cases of Chinese tourists who were detected with the coronavirus and who are admitted to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani,
The medical center reported that the couple’s conditions are stationary and that they are being treated with symptomatic flu medications.
While 17 other Chinese tourists who were traveling with the two admitted “remain isolated and are being watched with extreme caution.”
They also reported that last night an Irish patient was admitted to the center who is undergoing tests to detect the possibility of a coronavirus infection.
Wuhan’s pneumonia fatalities now amount to 361 people and those infected by 17,205, according to Chinese authorities.