Leader of Italy's Democratic Party tests positive for coronavirus

"I have coronavirus too," Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti said in a video posted on Facebook.

Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti waves as he walks into the Presidential Palace for consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, August 28, 2019 (photo credit: REUTERS/REMO CASILLI)
Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti waves as he walks into the Presidential Palace for consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Italy, August 28, 2019
(photo credit: REUTERS/REMO CASILLI)
ROME - The leader of Italy's co-ruling Democratic Party Nicola Zingaretti said on Saturday he had tested positive for coronavirus.
"I have coronavirus too," Zingaretti said in a video posted on Facebook, adding he was in self-isolation at home and that all the people he had been in contact with in the latest days were being contacted for checks. He said he was well.
Italy has been the European country hardest hit by the epidemic, with a total of 4,636 cases and 197 deaths on Friday, and is currently reporting more deaths per day form the virus than any other country in the world.
The government this week ordered the closure of schools, universities, cinemas and theaters to stem infections.


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