Argentina confirms first coronavirus death

Argentina confirms first death in Latin America of patient with coronavirus

Picture released by Telam of the hospital where a man aged 64, the first Argentine infected with the new Coronavirus, COVID-19, died in Buenos Aires on March 7, 2020. Photo by ALEJANDRO SANTA CRUZ / TELAM / AFP

A patient diagnosed with coronavirus died in Argentina on Saturday, the Health Ministry said in a statement, marking the first death related to the virus in Latin America.

Fellow South American countries Paraguay, Colombia, Chile and Peru announced their first confirmed cases of coronavirus in recent days, and a number of cases have been confirmed in neighboring Brazil.

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