Brazil records first coronavirus death, Bolsonaro awaits new test result

Brazil records first coronavirus death, Bolsonaro awaits new test result
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  • calendar-gray 18 March 2020

Brazil on Tuesday reported its first confirmed death from the coronavirus outbreak and tests were underway on four other possible COVID-19 fatalities, as Congress canceled a joint session due to mounting fears about the fast-moving disease, APA reports quoting Reuters.

A 62-year-old man with a history of diabetes and hypertension died from the virus on Monday, after checking into a private hospital in Sao Paulo on Saturday, state health officials told a news conference. 

The man had no recent history of international travel. Four other deaths in the same unidentified hospital were under investigation to see if the deceased had succumbed to the virus, officials said.

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