Japan reports first Coronavirus death

Published: 14 Feb 2020 Updated: 14 Feb 2020   

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A woman in her 80s infected with the new coronavirus died Thursday, becoming Japan’s first confirmed fatality, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Thursday evening, as more cases of domestic infection were reported, in addition to hundreds on a quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama Bay.

The Japanese woman from Kanagawa Prefecture, just southwest of the capital, was found to be infected with the virus after she died, Kato said at a press conference, reports Japan Times.

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

She was the mother-in-law of a Tokyo taxi driver who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to a government official.

The driver, who is in his 70s, was quoted as saying that he had not transported foreign visitors in the two weeks before he first showed symptoms on Jan. 29.

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