First coronavirus death in Europe: Chinese tourist, 80, DIES in French hospital after being struck down with bug
- French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn confirmed the death of the elderly man
- He travelled to the country from the virus-hit Hubei province on January 16
- Victim leaves behind a daughter battling the infection but making good recovery
An 80-year-old man has died of coronavirus in France, becoming the first fatality from the infection in Europe.
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn today confirmed the death of the elderly Chinese tourist, who travelled to the country from the Hubei province on January 16.
The victim, who was quarantined in hospital on January 25, leaves behind a daughter who is battling the infection but making a good recovery.
France has recorded 11 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 67,090. The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.
Some of these cases on French soil are being treated at the Bichat hospital in Paris.
It is also the first death outside of Asia. Only three deaths have so far been recorded outside mainland China – in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.
The highly contagious epidemic which spawned in Wuhan late last year has killed 1,527 people.
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn confirmed the death of an 80-year-old Chinese tourist today
The Bichat hospital in Paris where some of the patients infected with the coronavirus are being treated
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