Italian authorities have put 276 migrants from a rescue vessel under quarantine in the Sicilian city of Pozzallo on Sunday, amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Footage shows migrants waiting to disembark, amid heavy presence of police and health officials wearing protective gears and masks.

Five migrants were hospitalised for respiratory problems, with two more treated for minor illnesses. The rest of the group will be quarantined for two weeks at Pozzallo's identification centre, while the ship's crew will spend the quarantine onboard.

The 'Ocean Viking' had been granted permission to disembark earlier in the day, after carrying two separate rescue missions in the Mediterranean on February 18 and 19.

As of Sunday afternoon, the number of reported coronavirus cases in Italy has climbed to 152, with three deaths.

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