Ecuador confirms first coronavirus death

  14 March 2020    Read: 658
Ecuador confirms first coronavirus death

The first death from a disease caused by the novel coronavirus has been registered in Ecuador, the country’s Minister of Public Health Catalina Andramuno told reporters at a news conference in Quito, reports citing TASS.

"The patient who was the first to contract the coronavirus has died today," she said.

An outbreak of the new coronavirus-related disease was registered in central China at the end of December 2019. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. COVID-19 infection cases have been registered in more than 110 countries. According to official statistics, about 134,000 people have contracted the virus. More than 5,000 of them died.

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