Coronavirus: First fatality in Europe as Chinese tourist dies in France

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

The death is the first from coronavirus outside of Asia.

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

It's understood she had been in France since January 16. The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.

France has previously said it has 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus, officially called Covid-19, and six remain in hospital.


The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 66,492, according to China's National Health Commission.

"His daughter also has the COVID19 virus and is also hospitalised at Bichat, her health condition is not causing concern anymore and she should be released soon".

Around 600 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China and until now there had been three deaths - in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.

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