Dutch health officials said on March 6 that the country had recorded the first death due to a new strain of Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) that caused an acute respiratory infection called COVID-19.

TweeSteden Hospital in Tilburg (Netherlands), where the first patient was isolated and treated as a Dutch citizen infected with COVID-19, February 27, 2020. Photo: AFP / TTXVN

The patient was an old man, 86 years old, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on February 27. This patient died at a hospital in the port city of Rotterdam. Thus, as of March 5, the Netherlands recorded 82 cases of COVID-19. Earlier on the same day, the Vatican and Serbia also announced the first cases of infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In the context that the number of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 in Italy is still growing, according to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Rome, the country’s President Sergio Mattarella has called on people to overcome the difficult period together when the country is facing cope with the epidemic, at the same time call on the political parties of this country to temporarily put aside their conflicts to focus resources to deal with the epidemic.

In his speech, President Mattarella emphasized that Italy is going through a special time, requiring serious, transparent and complete recognition of information. According to him, this time requires participation, sharing, solidarity and unity of purpose in the effort to defeat SARS-CoV-2 virus of organizations, political parties, people and society. and the media.

The Italian president called on people to strictly follow government instructions in preventing and preventing the spread of the disease, although these guidelines may affect daily living habits. He affirmed that the Italian Government would take all necessary measures to support the operation of the health system on facilities and human resources to protect the health of the people. While respecting the decentralization of the government and the localities according to the Constitution, in the current situation, the government is responsible for making the necessary decisions in coordinating the activities of state and government agencies. local authority to cope with diseases. Therefore, political parties need to temporarily put aside their conflicts to concentrate the country’s resources to cope with the epidemic.

In the face of a complicated epidemic, the referendum on a cut in the number of Italian parliamentarians scheduled for March 29 has been postponed. In addition, the country also temporarily limits family visits to nursing homes, and advises elderly people not to go out unless necessary.

On the same day, the Foggia Provincial Prosecutor’s Institute, in the Puglia region, southern Italy, launched an investigation into the possibility of spreading the COVID-19 epidemic in an area related to a doctor’s mistake. The investigation came after Puglia regional president Michele Emiliano said a doctor in Foggia had authorized the removal of the body of a 75-year-old male patient infected with COVID-19 before the test results were available. Hundreds of people attended the man’s funeral. Some of them are currently in quarantine. Mr. Michele Emiliano has asked the government to set up the “red zone” and apply measures to blockade the area between the towns of San Marco in Lamis (Xan Maroc in Latin) and San Nicandro Garganico, Foggia province.