Chinese man dies in Paris, 1st death outside Asia

Henrietta Strickland
February 16, 2020

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

Buzyn said he arrived in France on January 16 and was hospitalized on January 25 under strict isolation measures but his condition deteriorated rapidly.

Minister Agnes Buzyn said she was informed Friday night of the death of the patient, who had been in intensive care at Bichat Hospital in Paris after testing positive in late January.

SHANGHAI/PARIS, Feb 15 (Reuters) - An elderly Chinese tourist infected with the coronavirus has died in France, Paris said on Saturday, becoming the first fatality in Europe and the fourth outside mainland China from an epidemic that has rattled the world.

His case is one of 11 French cases of COVID-19, which is the medical name for the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus.

According to Buzyn, the man's daughter is among those infected, but she is recovering.

Some 56 million people in Hubei and its capital Wuhan are now living under quarantine, virtually sealed off from the rest of the country in an effort to contain the virus.

Nine European nations have reported cases, with Germany having the most at 16.

The number of trade fairs, sports events and industry conferences in China and overseas that have been affected by the spread of the virus continued to increase.

The virus first emerged late previous year in central China's Wuhan city.

There are believed to be four French nationals on the Diamond Princess, where all those on board are mostly confined to their cabins and required to wear masks and keep away from others during brief outings on deck.

The World Health Organisation has now sent a team of 24 health experts to China to investigate how the virus is spreading and its severity.

China is confident the epidemic will be over soon, its vice minister of foreign affairs said.

"Dawn is breaking and we are seeing light coming through", Wang said through a translator. "After the storm comes the rainbow, and we are confident that China will emerge stronger from the epidemic".

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