ROME

Italy reported its first confirmed coronavirus cases Friday with two Chinese citizens hospitalized earlier in the week.

“There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Rome. Thus, the first coronavirus cases have been seen in Italy,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said at a press conference with Health Minister Roberto Speranza and Giuseppe Ippolito, director of the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases.

“We are extremely cautious and careful. We are not unprepared,” Conte added.

Conte said Speranza gave the order to suspend air traffic between Italy and China.

Italian media reported that the Chinese tourists with the

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