Germany, with over 1,100 cases, reports first two coronavirus deaths

Germany, with over 1,100 cases, reports first two coronavirus deaths
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Germany confirmed its first two deaths from the coronavirus on Monday as its overall number of new infections rose by 20% to 1,139, the latest signs that the epidemic is spreading rapidly in Europe’s largest economy, APA reports quoting Reuters. 

Germany’s tally, far short of Italy’s 7,300, included a cluster of 322 in one municipality. 

Officials in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said an 89-year-old woman had died in the town of Essen and that a 78-year-old man with pre-existing health conditions had died in the badly affected region of Heinsberg. 

The patient in Essen had tested positive with coronavirus on March 3 after being taken to hospital in already critical condition, local authorities said. 

The patient in the Heinsberg district, in Germany’s rural far west had been admitted on Friday with pre-existing heart problems and diabetes, said Stephan Pusch, administrative head of the district. 

“This shows again that older people and people with pre-existing health problems are particularly at risk,” he said.

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