Turkey confirms first coronavirus death, more than doubles cases to 98

by Reuters
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 22:05 GMT

(Corrects date to Tuesday from Wednesday in lead paragraph)

ANKARA, March 17 (Reuters) - Turkey confirmed late on Tuesday its first death related to the coronavir1us and the country more than doubled its confirmed cases to 98, from 47 a day earlier.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told a press conference that an 89-year old died after contracting the virus from someone who had contact with China, the epicentre of the global outbreak.

Turkey diagnosed 51 more cases on Tuesday, he said.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Writing by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Chris Reese)

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