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Myanmar reports first death from COVID-19

69-year-old man had underlying health issues

Kyaw Ye Lynn   | 31.03.2020
Myanmar reports first death from COVID-19

YANGON, Myanmar 

Myanmar said Tuesday that a nasal cancer patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus has passed away, marking the country’s first confirmed death from the disease.   

The 69-year-old Myanmar national, who received medical treatment in Australia for a month and arrived back in Yangon on March 14, was among the country’s 14 confirmed cases.  

The Ministry of Health and Sports said he died Tuesday morning in a hospital in Yangon.   

After first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 177 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.

 More than 785,000 cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll over 37,600 and more than 165,000 recoveries. 

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