Japan reports first death from coronavirus as new cases soar in China


Japan announced its first death from the new coronavirus on Thursday, marking the third fatality outside of mainland China since the epidemic erupted.

A Japanese woman in her 80s is the country’s first confirmed fatality, the health ministry said.

The ministry only found out that she had been infected with the coronavirus after her death, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said.

The resident of Kanagawa prefecture near Tokyo had been hospitalized since February 1, Kato said. He believed the woman was infected in Japan as she did not have a recent overseas travel history.

The woman is only the third death from the virus outside of mainland China, where 1,367 have died, most of them in central…

Source: Nigerian Tribune