Coronavirus claims its first fatality in Europe

A Chinese tourist has died in France after contracting the coronavirus, the first fatality from the disease in Europe.

By Staff Reporter
Saturday, 15th February 2020, 4:20 pm
Oriental students in Glasgow are said to be snapping up surgical masks in hopes of warding off the Coronavirus - but many were wearing them even before the outbreak, as a defence against vehicle pollution on Glasgow roads
Oriental students in Glasgow are said to be snapping up surgical masks in hopes of warding off the Coronavirus - but many were wearing them even before the outbreak, as a defence against vehicle pollution on Glasgow roads

The BBC reports that the victim was an 80-year-old woman from China’s Hubei province, according to French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn.

The woman arrived in France on January 16th and was placed in quarantine in hospital nine days later.

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