Scientists in Rome isolate coronavirus for study, containment

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– Italian scientists at the Institute for Infectious Diseases have isolated the rapidly spreading , Italian media on Sunday.

This is coming even as the number confirmed cases tops 14,000 in than two dozen countries.

“This is important news international relevance.

“It means there are possibilities to understand and study the virus, in order to contain it,” said Italy’s health minister, Roberto Speranza.

The institute in make the results available for in countries so that further can be carried out.

are already racing to develop a vaccine.

Isolating the virus means obtaining a pure microbial sample an infected person rather than growing it in a laboratory.

Researchers at the institute in also investigate suspected cases .

Two cases have already been confirmed in Italy, affecting Chinese tourists infected in their country.

The researchers said they had been able to isolate the virus within 48 hours of the diagnosis, according to the Ansa news agency.

Several days ago, Australian scientists managed to grow the in a laboratory.