An elderly Chinese tourist has died from coronavirus, the first fatality in Europe.
The patient died at Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris, according to reports.
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn confirmed the death – which marks Europe’s first fatality.
It was one of 11 cases of COVID-19, which is the medical name for the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus, in France.
It is now the fourth death to be reported outside mainland China.
The death comes as:
- A total of 1,525 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus – most in mainland China but one each in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan
- 67,079 cases have been confirmed since the virus started in mid-December in Wuhan, with 63,866 in mainland China, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organisation
- There were 5,090 suspected new cases recorded in mainland China, Chinese authorities said on Friday