First coronavirus death in Europe confirmed as tourist dies in hospital

The coronavirus has claimed its first victim in Europe after a tourist died in hospital.

The Chinese traveller died at the Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital in Paris, the French Health Minister confirmed.

It is reported the tourist was 80-years-old and had been in intensive care in recent days after being struck down by the disease.

The epidemic has now killed more than 1,500 people – mainly in Wuhan, China where the outbreak started.

More than 63,000 cases have also been recorded worldwide – 11 of which are in France.

In the UK nine patients have been struck down by the coronavirus.

More than 2,500 people in Britain have also been tested for the deadly virus as it continues to spread rapidly.

It comes after Londoners were left fearing a mass spreading of the disease in the capital yesterdasy.

A Chinese woman who was confirmed to be Britain’s ninth coronavirus case and London’s first, was said to have attended a major conference in the city before being rushed to hospital.

The virus-carrier reportedly visited the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in Westminster on February 6 and was one of 250 delegates including MPs.

Three days later on Sunday night the patient fell ill and was taken to Lewisham Hospital in south London in the back of an Uber cab in a major breach of public health advice.

The drama left doctors fearing that the disease's emergence in the capital will lead to it spreading quickly.

Dr Robin Thompson, an expert in mathematical epidemiology at Oxford University, said: “In general, if an initial case is in a densely populated area, then the risk of sustained person-to-person transmission following is higher.

"This is exacerbated by the fact that London is a transport hub, and the Underground could provide a network to spread the virus quickly."

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