First coronavirus loss of life outdoors Asia: Man dies in Paris, France confirms

The virus originated late final yr in China, the place it has since contaminated greater than 66,000 folks and killed greater than 1,500. (Reuters photograph)

An 80-year-old Chinese language vacationer has died from the brand new coronavirus in France, the primary loss of life confirmed outdoors of Asia, French Well being Minister Agnes Buzyn stated on Saturday. Buzyn stated she had been instructed in regards to the loss of life of the affected person — in hospital in Paris since late January — late on Friday, including that his situation “had deteriorated quickly” after a number of essential days.

The virus originated late final yr in China, the place it has since contaminated greater than 66,000 folks and killed greater than 1,500. Three deaths from the virus have to date been recorded outdoors mainland China — within the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.

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The size of the epidemic ballooned this week after officers within the Chinese language province of Hubei — the epicentre of the outbreak — modified their standards for counting instances, including hundreds of recent sufferers to the tally.

Some 56 million folks in Hubei and its capital Wuhan are actually dwelling beneath quarantine, nearly sealed off from the remainder of the nation in an effort to comprise the virus. Away from China, virtually 600 instances have been confirmed — roughly 35 of which have been reported within the European Union. Six folks with the virus stay in hospital in France, Buzyn stated, including that none have been significantly ailing.