Health Care

Japan confirms 1st coronavirus death

TOKYO A Japanese woman in her 80s who was infected with the new coronavirus died Thursday, becoming Japan’s first recorded fatality, the health minister said.

The woman, living in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, developed symptoms on January 22 and was diagnosed with pneumonia on February 1, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told a press conference, adding that she had no record of overseas travel.

Her respiratory condition deteriorated on Wednesday, and the positive test result was confirmed after she died Thursday, according to Kato.

“This is the first death of a person who tested positive. We will conduct an epidemiological survey, considering the possibility that the person was infected in the country,” the minister said.

The new disease, known as COVID 19, originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

As of Thursday, Japan has 32 confirmed cases of infections, excluding 218 people and one quarantine officer on a quarantined cruise ship moored at the Japanese cost.

Source: Kuwait News Agency