The Netherlands reported its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus Thursday as its foothold in Europe continues to grow.
In a statement, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said a man who lives in the town of Tilburg had been diagnosed with the virus after traveling to Italy’s Lombardy region a few days ago.
The institute said the man was placed in quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading.
Coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to more than 45 other countries including the U.S., U.K., Singapore, Italy, France, Russia, Spain and India.
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