Coronavirus: Tunisia confirms first death

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A woman wearing a protective face mask disinfects the window of a bus, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Algiers, Algeria March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

Tunisian health official says a 72-year-old woman, who had chronic diseases has died from the coronavirus pandemic.

A woman wearing a protective face mask disinfects the window of a bus, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Algiers, Algeria March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

The official in Sousse said the patient who was admitted to a hospital because of respiratory distress syndrome died Thursday before treatment could begin.

He said the patient was found infected with the virus.

While the number of confirmed cases in the Tunisia stands at 39, the number of quarantined is 8,787.

At least 5,628 have completed the quarantine period and returned home.

The virus has since spread to 160 countries and territories. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic a week ago.

Out of more than 229,000 confirmed cases, the death toll now exceeds 9,300, and more than 84,500 have recovered, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.

Despite the rising number of cases, most who become infected suffer only mild symptoms and recover.

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