Almost half of those who have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy show “no or minimal symptoms”, new figures have revealed.
Data released by the country’s National Institute of Health (ISS) on Monday shows 45 per cent of patients do not exhibit anything more than mild symptoms.
One in ten people with the illness display no symptoms at all.
The data also reveals that 22 per cent of infections have been detected in people aged between 19 and 50.
As such, Silvio Brusaferro, president of the ISS, warned young people in Italy to abide by official health recommendations.
Dr Muge Cevik, a virology clinician and research at the University of St Andrews, said in a tweet that almost half of people had “either no or minimal symptoms”, adding that the data was a reminder that coronavirus is “not a disease of the elderly”.