France announces 1st death of coronavirus patient in Europe

France announces 1st death of coronavirus patient in Europe

Outside mainland China, fatalities reached four with one in Japan, in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and the most recent in France.

French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn says the 80-year-old tourist traveled from China's Hubei Province to France in mid-January and was hospitalized days later.

The virus, now called COVID-19, has infected more than 67,000 people globally and killed at least 1,527, the vast majority in China. In mainland China, the virus has already resulted in 1,523 deaths, with 66,492 people having been infected.

A total of 217 medical teams with 25,633 medical workers had been sent to central China's Hubei Province to help combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of Friday, a senior official with the National Health Commission said Saturday. On 30 January 2020, with more than 9,700 confirmed cases in China and 106 confirmed cases in 19 other countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General declared the outbreak a public health emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC), accepting the advices of the global Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee.

Meanwhile, Hubei, home to the epicenter city of Wuhan, is "enacting "wartime" measures" as the number of confirmed cases in the province has climbed to 16,427.

The Lunar New Year holiday was extended to keep factories and offices closed, but now officials have been ordered to revive business activity as economic losses mount.

The total of confirmed infections across mainland China was now 66,492 after 2,641 new cases were confirmed, as of February 14, the National Health Commission said.

China reported 143 virus deaths and a dip in new cases, while the head of the World Health Organization praised the country's efforts to contain the new disease, saying they have "bought the world time" and that other nations must make the most of it.

"It's impossible to predict what direction this epidemic will take".

Among the deaths, 139 were in Hubei Province, two in Henan, and one in Beijing and Chongqing respectively, according to the National Health Commission.

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