France Reports First Coronavirus Death After 80-Year-Old Tourist Dies

A medical worker is seen at the intensive care unit of Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Hubei province China

An elderly Chinese tourist hospitalised in France has died of the Covid-19 coronavirus, becoming the first fatality in Europe, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Saturday.

It is the first reported death from COVID-19 coronavirus outside Asia.

The patient's daughter, also suffering from the 2019-nCoV, as the virus is officially called, was also hospitalized, but "her condition is no longer a cause for concern and she is likely to be released soon".

A further 2,641 people have been newly confirmed as infected, bringing the China's total to 66,492.

The fluctuation in numbers comes after authorities changed the basis for counting patients.

France has recorded 11 cases of the novel coronavirus. There have been individual cases in Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines and now France.

The highly contagious epidemic which spawned in Wuhan late previous year has killed 1,527 people.

At least one more plane has been held at Heathrow for checks.

"As a precautionary measure, they chose to seek medical advice and, in line with the latest public health advice regarding the coronavirus, they were taken to hospital for a precautionary test".

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