Switzerland reports first death as China reports over 3,000 deaths

WION Web Team
Geneva, Switzerland Updated: Mar 05, 2020, 03:55 PM(IST)

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The  74-year-old woman was a  'high-risk patient' suffering from chronic disease, Swiss authorities said.

A woman in Switzerland died in a Lausanne hospital after being affected by coronavirus  in the canton of Vaud as the country reported 58 infections.

The  74-year-old woman was a  "high-risk patient" suffering from chronic disease, Swiss authorities said.

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The virus which was first detected in Wuhan in China has now spread worldwide with over 81 countries affected. It has hit South Korea the hardest where  6,000 people infected with  35 deaths as PM Chung Sye-kyun said face mask exports would be banned from Friday.

At least  10,000 people have been infected worldwide with 200 dead outside China.

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Most of South Korea's infections have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus sect.
With several flights disrupted worldwide, International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that the airline industry could lose up to $113 billion in revenue this year due to the impact of the new coronavirus
In China which is the epicentre of the virus reported 31 more deaths on Thursday with the death toll crossing 3,000.
At least 3,012 people have now died in China since the virus first emerged in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in December last year. China's National Health Commission also reported 139 new cases on Thursday with infections rising to 80,409.
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