Issued on: 22/03/2020 – 13:20Modified: 22/03/2020 – 13:20

A hospital doctor died after being infected with the new coronavirus, France’s Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Sunday. He added that “to his knowledge”, it was the first death of this type in France.

“I was informed yesterday evening of the death of a hospital doctor, it is to my knowledge (…) the first situation that has struck a hospital doctor,” Véran said on Le Grand Jury, a political programme on RTL radio and LCI TV news station, in partnership with Le Figaro.

Véran declined to give “more precise information”, to respect the family’s wishes and also medical confidentiality.

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