First Death From Coronavirus Confirmed in Europe

Henrietta Strickland
February 16, 2020

Wang also said that the prevention and control of the COVID-19 outbreak was now at its most crucial stage in China, while Wuhan still remains the main battlefield.

He arrived in France on January 16 and was hospitalized in Paris on January 25. "His condition had deteriorated rapidly and he had been in critical condition for several days, being taken into intensive care", the minister said.

Medical team members leave for Hubei Province at the Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou, south China's Hainan Province, Feb. 14, 2020.

France has recorded 11 cases of the novel coronavirus.

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

A total of 5,606 patients were receiving treatment in these hospitals now, Xinhua news agency quoted Wang Hesheng, deputy head of the NHC, as saying at a press conference in the provincial capital of Wuhan, also the epicentre of the outbreak. She also noted that the patient's daughter was also diagnosed with the coronavirus and hospitalized.

State Councillor Wang Yi, who also serves as China's foreign minister, said China had taken decisive measures to fight the epidemic, many going beyond global health regulations and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.

The total includes more than 1,700 medical workers, a senior Chinese official announced.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recently spoke at the Munich Security Conference.

Outside mainland China, there have been about 500 cases in some 24 countries and territories.

On Saturday, Chinese officials confirmed that 2,641 new cases were reported in the country.

About 600 cases of the virus have been confirmed outside mainland China along with three deaths, one each in the Philippines and Hong Kong and a Japanese woman in her 80s. What we don't know though is how much of the asymptomatic cases are driving transmission.

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