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Virus experts head to Italy as MEPs’ trip is cancelled

European Commission announces €232 million coronavirus aid package amid largest EU outbreak

Europe is marshalling resources to battle the global respiratory coronavirus outbreak on the home front after cases of infection flared up over the weekend, with more than 150 confirmed cases in Italy’s Lombardy region.

“In view of the rapidly evolving situation, we stand ready to increase our assistance,” the EU commissioner for health and food safety Stella Kyriakides said on 24 February.

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