President of Panama Laurentino Cortizo has confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in the country, he stated on Twitter on Monday, APA reports citing TASS.
"We can confirm the first case of COVID-19 in our country," he wrote. "We are increasing hygiene measures and calling on all citizens to follow the recommendations of the Ministry of Health."
Reuters news agency informed that a 40-year-old woman had tested positive for coronavirus. Her citizenship is not stated.
In late December 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, central China. According to Chinese authorities, about 80,700 people have been infected with the virus in the country. The death toll has exceeded 3,100, while about 59,900 patients have recovered. WHO declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus a global health emergency and named the virus COVID-19. Cases of coronavirus have been reported in over 100 countries, including Russia. The largest outbreaks of COVID-19 outside of China have been detected in South Korea, Iran and Italy. According to WHO, the total amount of people infected has surpassed 110,000 globally, while over 3,800 people have died.