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Russian returning home from Italy diagnosed with coronavirus in sixth confirmed case

Russia’s consumer welfare agency, Rospotrebnadzor, has announced that a Russian citizen returning from a vacation in Italy was diagnosed with the coronavirus COVID-19.

The man’s case appears to be mild, and all individuals known to have been in contact with him since his return have been placed under medical observation.

According to Rospotrebnadzor, the patient was evidently infected on February 21 and returned to a private home in the Moscow region two days later. On February 27, the man entered a clinic with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection. He was taken from there to an infectious disease hospital.

This case is the sixth confirmed instance of COVID-19 infection in Russia. Two of those individuals were released from hospitals on February 12; they had contracted the virus in China but recovered fully. Three other Russian citizens evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise liner were also diagnosed with the disease.