|Comune di Vò|
|Province||Province of Padua (PD)|
|• Total||20.4 km2 (7.9 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Vò (or sometimes Vo') is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Padua in the Italian Veneto region, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Venice and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) southwest of Padua, in the western end of the Euganean Hills. Mount Venda forms part of its territory, at 603 metres (1,978 ft) the highest of the Hills area. Along with the three other Italian towns Ne, Re, and Ro, Vò shares the distinction of having the shortest town name in Italy. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,416 and an area of 20.4 square kilometres (7.9 sq mi).
Vò takes its name from the Latin Vadum, probably the ancient commercial port on the Adige River, which until 589 forked near Monte Este, and its secondary branch ran alongside the Euganean Hills, skirting Monte della Madonna. During the medieval period two castles went up: one belonging to the noble Da Vò family and another at Castellaro belonging to the Maltraversi family. Between the 16th and 17th centuries noted Venetian families (including the Contarini and the Veniers) built a number of villas in the area, and at this same time the old center, Vò Vecchio, was founded, seat of the comune until 1900. In 1900 a new municipal "capital" was set up at Vò Centro, known also as Ca' Erizzo; in 1933 the name Vò was made definitive. As for orthography, the name is properly written with a grave accent, although it is sometimes erroneously spelled with an apostrophe (Vo'). One of its most famous villas is the Ca' Morosini. The villa, which goes back to at least 1300 and was once a Benedictine hermitage, has belonged to the Zavattiero family since 1930.
Vò became the center of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in Veneto when two people were found positive on 21 February 2020. The next day, one of them, a 78-year-old man, died, the first coronavirus death in the country. The number of infections had also risen to 29. As of 28 February, there were 151 confirmed cases in Veneto, of which 70 cases in the municipality of Vò alone. By March 22, it had been reported that mass testing of people with no symptoms had caused a decrease in coronavirus cases in Vò. Most of the population had no symptoms.
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- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
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asymptomatic or quasi-symptomatic subjects represent a good 70% of all virus-infected people and, still worse, an unknown, yet impossible to ignore portion of them can transmit the virus to others