The French Ministry of Health on February 26 said the country’s first citizen had just died of the Coronavirus.
According to France24, the first French citizen who died of corona virus infection was confirmed to be a 60-year-old man. He was admitted to an emergency hospital in a critical state in Paris until February 25.
Answering on national television, French Deputy Minister of Health Jerrome Salomon said the man was tested positive for corona virus at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital, Paris, late on February 25.
“He died in the night,” the vice-minister said.
The number of deaths in France as of February 26 was 2 patients. The first death in the country was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist. French health authorities also announced four new cases, bringing the total number of positive patients to 17.
One of four new cases reported in France is a 55-year-old man in critical condition and treated in the northern city of Amiens.
Among these new infections, two patients returned from Italy, where the corona virus disease (known as the World Health Organization (WHO) for short, Covid-19) is on a large-scale outbreak.
The French government has asked citizens to return from Lombardy and Veneto regions, in northern Italy, to avoid “unnecessary outside activities”, and not to send their children to school. France also made similar recommendations for returnees from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and South Korea.
The number of patients positive for the virus in Italy on February 26 exceeded 350. In Lombardy alone, the number of new infections in the past 24 hours was 19, including 4 children. The total number of people infected in the two regions experiencing the Lombardy and Veneto disease outbreaks were 259 and 58, respectively.