Germany reports first two cases of coronavirus deaths

Two people have died of coronavirus in the western German city of Essen and virus hotspot Heinsberg, officials tell AFP, the country’s first casualties of the outbreak.

In Essen, an 89-year-old woman who was diagnosed with the virus on March 3 died despite medical measures to support her breathing and circulation, while Heinsberg officials said they would discuss the fatal case there at a 6:30 p.m. press conference.

A nurse checks medical surveillance instruments in a room at the isolation ward of the Uniklinikum Essen university hospital in Essen, western Germany, on March 9, 2020. (INA FASSBENDER / AFP)


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