Chinese tourist dies in France from coronavirus, first death in Europe

First coronavirus death in Europe confirmed

More than 2,600 new cases of a coronavirus have been confirmed in China with deaths up by 143, health officials said on Saturday.

Currently, France has 11 known cases of the virus, including the latest death. The health minister said that she would be released soon. The 1,100 passengers, mostly from Germany, and 400 crew members are expected to be able to leave the ship on Sunday morning.

What has happened in France?

Japan confirmed its first coronavirus death, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said.

In other Coronavirus-related news, an 83-year-old woman, who was stuck aboard the MS Westerdam for weeks, reportedly has the illness, even though she was cleared to disembark on Friday, according to Bloomberg.

"His condition rapidly got worse and he had been in a critical situation for several days in intensive care".

The tourist is said to be from the Chinese province of Hubei, the epicenter of the virus outbreak, and arrived in the French capital Paris in mid-January.

The cases in France also include five British citizens that stayed in a ski chalet in the French Alps.

Elsewhere, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are preparing to evacuate hundreds of Americans quarantined on a cruise ship docked off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, for more than a week.

So far, three people have tested positive in India - all in Kerala.

Dr. Yazdan Yazdanpanah, head of Bichat's infectious diseases unit, said the man visited two French hospitals.

Outside China, cases have been confirmed in more than two dozen countries, including Egypt, which announced its first Friday, though authorities were quick to point out that the infected patient was a foreigner who showed no symptoms.

The MS Westerdam had been turned away by five destinations, including the United States island of Guam, before Cambodia agreed it could land. His condition was not a source of concern, the health ministry said.

"This is the first fatality by the coronavirus outside Asia, the first death in Europe", Buzyn told reporters on Saturday. The hospital is among a handful in France with special isolation rooms. Eighteen have fully recovered and have left hospital.



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