Japan Confirms First Coronavirus Death as More Infections Reported

By Kyodo News 14 February 2020

A woman in her 80s infected with the new coronavirus died Thursday, becoming Japan’s first confirmed fatality, the health minister said, as more cases of infection were reported besides the hundreds on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.

The Japanese woman from Kanagawa Prefecture, just southwest of the capital, who had not traveled overseas recently, was found to be infected with the virus after she died, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference.

The woman had been diagnosed with pneumonia and hospitalized since Feb. 1, the Health Ministry said, adding that her breathing deteriorated on Feb. 6.

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