COVID-19: Ecuador Confirms First Coronavirus death

The first death from a disease caused by the novel coronavirus has been registered in Ecuador, the nation’s Minister of Public Health Catalina Andramuno told reporters at a news conference in Quito.

“The patient who was the first to contract the coronavirus has died today,” she said.

An outbreak of the new coronavirus-related disease was registered in central China toward the end of December 2019. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. COVID-19 infection cases have been registered in more than 110 nations. As per official statistics, around 134,000 people have contracted the virus. More than 5,000 of them died. A total of 45 cases have occurred in Russia up until this point.