The first death case of coronavirus recorded in Europe

French health minister Agnes Buzyn confirmed the death of an 80-year-old Chinese tourist today

France reports COVID-19 death, 1st in Europe

When asked earlier about the spread of the virus, the Chinese foreign minister said: "Any assessment needs to be based on facts".

There have been over 500 reported cases of coronavirus in 24 countries reported outside China.

"They are very concerned about spreading the virus, and there's no good way to transport people from Japan without possible transfer of the virus, so it is the logical thing to do", passenger Sawyer Smith, 25, told Reuters. According to the Ministry of science and technology of China, the most likely source of the disease are bats. His daughter was also hospitalized, but authorities said she is expected to recover.

Bichat hospital in Paris where some of the patients infected with the coronavirus are being treated
Bichat hospital in Paris where some of the patients infected with the coronavirus are being treated

The virus originated late a year ago in China, where it has since infected more than 66,000 people and killed more than 1,500.

The sickness, now officially labelled Covid-19, has killed around 2% of those infected.

Eating places, cinemas and different companies have been closed nationwide and sports activities and cultural occasions have been canceled to stop crowds from gathering.

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The person didn't dwell in Wuhan, the central Chinese metropolis hardest-hit by the virus, however was from the province that features Wuhan. Infected with more than 66.4 thousand, of which about 55 thousand in Hubei. The party faced similar criticism after the 2002-03 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS.

The US is to evacuate its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the US embassy in Japan said on its Web site.

Total volume of daily travelers is down 80% from a year ago, according to a deputy transportation minister, Liu Xiaoming.

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"The basics sustaining robust financial progress haven't modified, and won't change", he mentioned.

The state-owned banking industry has provided more than 537 billion yuan ($77 billion) in credit to industries such as retail, catering and tourism that have been hurt most, according to Liang Tao, vice chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission.

"Some of the rhetoric for me has not been helpful, not been helpful at all". They are to undergo a two-week quarantine. The group included 47 flight crew members.

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