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France announces 1st death of virus patient outside Asia

Posted at 7:41 PM, Feb 15, 2020

PARIS (AP) — France has become the first country outside Asia to report a death from a new virus that originated in China.

Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Saturday that the patient was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who tested positive for the virus in late January.

All the previous deaths from COVID-19 outside mainland China were in Asia.

The head of the infectious disease unit at the Paris hospital where the tourist died says two French hospitals initially turned the man away and didn't test him for the virus because he “didn’t fulfill the definition” of someone considered at risk of infection. France also reported a new confirmed virus case late Saturday.