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Latin America's first coronavirus fatality is in Argentina

Latin America's first coronavirus fatality is in Argentina

The hospital where a man aged 64, the first Argentine infected with the new coronavirus, COVID-19, died in Buenos Aires on Mar 7, 2020. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/ TELAM - ALEJANDRO SANTA CRUZ)

BUENOS AIRES: A 64-year-old man died of the novel coronavirus on Saturday (Mar 7) in Argentina, authorities said, making him Latin America's first fatality in the global epidemic.

The Buenos Aires man had returned from Europe on Feb 25, Argentina's health ministry said in a statement, without specifying which country or countries he had visited.

He became ill on Feb 28 with a fever, cough and sore throat and sought medical care on Mar 4. The patient was hospitalised in intensive care and required machine-assisted breathing, the statement said.

The man had underlying health issues including diabetes, hypertension, chronic bronchitis and kidney problems.

Argentina has reported another eight cases of coronavirus.

The number of cases worldwide has risen to more than 100,000 with 3,500 dead across 95 nations and territories.

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Source: AFP/mn

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