THE FIRST case of coronavirus in Wales has been confirmed, say Public Health Wales.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton said one patient had travelled back to Wales from northern Italy, where the virus was contracted.

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It come as the number of cases in Italy surpassed 400 this week.

It means 17 people have tested positive in the UK since the virus outbreak began in China in December.

Italy has put 11 towns in Lombardy and Veneto – in the north of the country – into lockdown.

The towns affected:

Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano

Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo

The government has said any Britons returning from those towns should self-isolate.

Dr Atherton added: “All appropriate measures to provide care for the individual and to reduce the risk of transmission to others are being taken.

“I can also confirm that the patient had travelled back to Wales from Northern Italy, where the virus was contracted.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to assure the public that Wales and the whole of the UK is well prepared for these types of incidents. "Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public.”

Public Health Wales have said that over 200 people in Wales have been tested for Novel Coronavirus, with one person now testing positive.

To protect patient confidentiality, no further details regarding the individual will be released.