The death toll in Italy from the novel coronavirus has risen to seven, local media reported Monday.

Some 229 people are infected with the deadly virus, officially known as COVID-19, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

The hardest-hit region is Lombardy in northern Italy, with 173 cases and six deaths reported, while 33 cases and a death have been reported in the northeastern region of Veneto.

In addition, a doctor from Lombardy was diagnosed with the coronavirus in the Canary Islands during his holiday there.

Health ministers from Italy, Slovenia, France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland are expected to meet

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