A woman in her 80s has become the first person with the new coronavirus to die in Japan, the country’s health minister said Thursday, cautioning it was not clear if the virus caused her death.
“The relationship between the new coronavirus and the death of the person is still unclear,” Katsunobu Kato said at a late-night briefing, adding that “this is the first death of a person who tested positive.”
According to reports in the Japanese media, the virus was only identified after the patient’s death. The victim was not from the cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo.
This makes the third death from the COVID-19 virus, first found in the Chinese city of Wuhan, outside mainland China, with the other two deaths happening in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
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