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Chinese patient dies in France from coronavirus, the first death in Europe, French official says


Added 02-15-20 11:04:02am EST - “France's health minister has announced the first coronavirus death in Europe. In China, more than 1,500 people have died from the virus.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Chinese patient dies in France from coronavirus, the first death in Europe, French official says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

France's health minister said Saturday a Chinese patient diagnosed with coronavirus has died in a Paris hospital, the first death from the new virus in Europe. 

Minister Agnes Buzyn said he was informed Friday night that an 80-year-old patient died from the new coronavirus, named COVID-19. The patient had been hospitalized at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris since Jan. 25. 

The patient, a Chinese tourist from the province of Hubei, had a lung infection caused by the COVID-19 virus. He arrived in France on Jan. 16 and was hospitalized Jan. 25 under strict isolation measures. His condition deteriorated rapidly.

Europe has 46 cases of the virus that first emerged in central China in December. Nine European nations have reported cases, with Germany having the most at 16.

On Saturday, confirmed cases of the virus in China rose to 66,492 and the number of deaths rose to 1,523, according to China's National Health Commission. 

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