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First French citizen dies from Wuhan coronavirus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 26, 2020
A 60 year old man has become the first French citizen to die from coronavirus.
Jerome Salomon
Health in France   Jerome Salomon
The man's death was confirmed today by the head of France's public health ministry Jerome Salomon.

Topics: French Wuhan coronavirus

The first recorded coronavirus death in Europe was in France, a Chinese tourist aged 80.

In a statement on French TV, Mr Salomon said a 60-year-old French man was tested at Paris’ Pitie-Salpêtrière hospital late on Tuesday night.

“Unfortunately died during the night,” he said.

The man's death was one of three new cases in France, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 17.