First coronavirus patient dies in Peru

17:56 | Lima, Mar. 19.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) on Thursday afternoon reported that a senior citizen was the first patient to have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Peru.

"The Ministry of Health regrets to report the sensitive death of the first patient due to COVID-19 infection," it said in an official statement.

A 78-year-old man —with a history of high blood pressure— had entered the Air Force Hospital's ICU on March 17, following severe respiratory failure. He died today at 3:00 p.m.

"On behalf of all Peruvians, we express our heartfelt condolences to the relatives (of the deceased person) at this moment of pain," it concluded.


Published: 3/19/2020
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