France Reports First Coronavirus Death Outside Of Asia

France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia

An 80-year-old Chinese tourist has died from the virus in France, becoming the first European fatality.

Minister Agnes Buzyn said she was informed Friday night of the death of the patient, who had been in intensive care at Bichat Hospital in Paris after testing positive in late January.

He had arrived in France on January 16th and had been kept in isolation while receiving treatment, but his condition is said to have deteriorated rapidly.

Earlier, outside mainland China, deaths were recorded in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan.

However, more than 1,500 people have died from the virus in China, mostly in Hubei where it first appeared.

Outside mainland China, there have been about 500 cases in some 24 countries and territories.

France has so far had 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Out of 12 cases in France, four patients have been successfully treated and have checked out of hospital.

Ms Buzyn said the deceased man's daughter was also infected but she is believed to be recovering.

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The United States has imposed some of toughest curbs on travelers from China, going beyond World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and offending Beijing.

The person didn't dwell in Wuhan, the central Chinese metropolis hardest-hit by the virus, however was from the province that features Wuhan.

The virus is killing about 2% of those infected and has spread faster than other respiratory viruses that emerged this century.

Restaurants, cinemas and other businesses have been closed nationwide and sports and cultural events have been cancelled to prevent crowds from gathering.

"We are following the worldwide situation very closely", Buzyn said.

All instances under are in U.S. Japanese Customary Time.

A senior Chinese official sought to project optimism.

Germany's dpa information company reported Saturday that two contaminated passengers on the quarantined Diamond Princess are German residents, in keeping with the German Embassy in Tokyo.

"The fundamentals sustaining strong economic growth have not changed, and will not change", he said.

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