Europe reports first coronavirus fatality, after Chinese tourist's death in France

Europe reports first coronavirus fatality, after Chinese tourist's death in France”

The victim was an 80-year-old woman from China's Hubei province, according to reports.

A Chinese tourist has died in France after contracting the new coronavirus - the first fatality from the disease outside Asia. Infographic by PA Graphics.

Only three deaths had previously been reported outside mainland China - in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan.

That increase saw the total reach 1,523 deaths.

France has recorded 11 cases of the virus, out of a global total of 63,851.

However, authorities also said the latest 2,641 daily new cases of the virus represented a "major drop", due to the widespread implementation of a new diagnostic method.

The epidemic has killed nearly 1,400 people.

The person taken ill is one of nine people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK.

On Friday, the first COVID-19 infection was reported in Africa when Egypt confirmed a case.

A Channel 4 spokesman said: "On Thursday, a member of staff at Channel 4 who had travelled to Asia within the last month felt unwell". He was hospitalised at Bichat with strict isolation measures on 25 January.

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