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Coronavirus: France confirms first death from disease outside Asia

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Coronavirus: France confirms first death from disease outside Asia

China's tourist died of the new virus; he arrived in the country on 16 January and was quarantined in a Paris hospital
                

                Chinese tourist died in France as a result of the new virus – the country had 11 confirmed cases of the disease, officially called Covid-19.

15/02/2020 – 09h26 (Updated 15/02/2020 – 09h27)

A Chinese tourist died in France after contracting the new coronavirus. This is the first death from the disease outside Asia.

The victim was an 80-year-old man from the Chinese province of Hubei, according to French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn.

He arrived in France on 16 January and was quarantined in a Paris hospital on 25 January, according to local authorities.

More than 1,500 people died of the virus in China, mainly in Hubei, where the first cases were recorded. Only three deaths had been reported outside mainland China – one in Hong Kong, others in the Philippines and one in Japan.

Updated data on the disease show 2,641 new confirmed cases, bringing the total in China to 66,492 people.

In late January, France became the first European country to confirm cases of the virus. France had 11 confirmed cases of the disease, officially called Covid-19.

Six people remain in the hospital.

critical condition

The state of health of the man who died was considered critical by the Bichat hospital in northern Paris, according to the Minister of Health. He died of a lung infection due to the coronavirus.

The man's daughter is among those infected, but is recovering, Buzyn said.

Five of the cases registered in France are British citizens who caught the virus in a chalet at the ski resort of Contamines-Montjoie.

Outside mainland China, more than 500 cases have been reported in 24 countries.

The United States earlier said it was sending a plane to Japan to evacuate US citizens trapped on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which is being quarantined in a Japanese port.

Of the 3,700 people on board, 218 tested positive for the virus. Australia also said it is considering removing its citizens from the vessel.

Other developments

Beijing ordered all citizens who return to the city to be quarantined for 14 days, at the risk of being punished.

Egypt's Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday the first case of coronavirus in Africa. The ministry described the person as a foreigner, but did not reveal his nationality.

Six health workers had confirmed deaths in China. Local authorities have struggled to provide protective equipment, such as breathing masks, goggles and protective clothing, in sufficient quantities to hospitals in Hubei.

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