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Netherlands record first death in coronavirus outbreak

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(LtoR) Minister for Medical Care Bruno Bruins (VVD), Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Control at RIVM, Jaap van Dissel, and Aura Timen, head of the Center for National Coordination of Infectious Disease Control at RIVM (National Institute for Health and Environment) headquarters, give a press conference on March 1, 2020 in Bilthoven. – The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment brings out news about the coronavirus. A hospital in Gorinchem has been closed temporarily because a patient with the coronavirus had been hospitalized there for a week. In Bilthoven, the Netherlands, on March 1, 2020. (Photo by Robin VAN LONKHUIJSEN / ANP / AFP)

The Netherlands has recorded its first death in the novel coronavirus outbreak, health officials said on Friday.

“An 86-year-old man with COVID-19 who was admitted to the Ikazia hospital in Rotterdam has died,” the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said, referring to the disease caused by the virus.

“This is the first patient in the Netherlands to die of the coronavirus,” the RIVM said, adding that the source of the patient’s contamination was unknown.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in the world is approaching 100,000 and more than 3,300 have proved fatal.

The Netherlands now has 82 reported cases.

“The man was isolated as soon as it became clear that he had COVID-19,” the RIVM said.

Everyone who had contact with the patient — including visitors and health workers — is being questioned about their health, the institute said.

“All those in contact with the patient who is suffering from a cold or has a fever have been asked to remain at home. If necessary, they will be tested,” the RIVM added.


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