One dies of Covid-19 in Panama, Turkey confirms first case

Agence France-Presse .Panama City / Istanbul | Published: 17:41, Mar 11,2020


Panama reported their first Covid-19 death on Tuesday while Turkey identified its first coronavirus infected patient on Wednesday.

Panama’s health minister on Tuesday confirmed eight cases of the new coronavirus infection in the country, including one death, the first virus-linked death in Central America.

‘Of the eight patients we are reporting, one person is in intensive care, another unfortunately died,’ Minister Rosario Turner said during a press conference in Panama City.

According to the ministry, a 64-year-old man who was already suffering from diabetes complications associated with bacterial pneumonia died of the Covid-19 on Sunday.

The other seven people who tested positive ranged in age from 29 to 59 and had each recently traveled abroad.

Panama is the second Central American country to record cases of the Covid- 19 virus following Costa Rica, where 13 people tested positive, including three Americans.

Meanwhile, Turkey on Wednesday announced its first coronavirus case, a man who had recently travelled to Europe and is in good health.

‘The test of a patient suspected of carrying the coronavirus returned positive,’ health minister Fahrettin Koca said in a television broadcast.

He added that the man was likely to have contracted Covid-19 while travelling in Europe, but declined to say which country or where in Turkey the patient had been hospitalised.

The minister also called on Turkish citizens to avoid travelling abroad if possible.

A total of 117,339 cases of the novel coronavirus have been recorded worldwide, including 4,251 deaths, across 107 countries and territories, according to an AFP tally.

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