Peru confirms first case of novel coronavirus

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    A specialist stands in a mobile unit set up by the Peruvian Ministry of Health as a preventive measure if a case of the COVID-19 virus comes up, at the Hipolito Unanue Hospital, in Lima on February 27, 2020. - So far, Peru has no record of the COVID-19 virus cases. (Photo by Ernesto BENAVIDES / AFP) (Photo by ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP via Getty Images)

    Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra confirmed the country’s first case of novel coronavirus, during a televised statement on Friday. 

    The patient is a 25-year-old man who had returned from a trip to Europe.

    “The first case of COVID-19 coronavirus in our country has been confirmed is a 25-year-old male patient, he was in Spain, France and the Czech Republic,” Vizcarra said. “We have arranged through the Ministry of Health all the appropriate measures, from the medical point of view, so that this patient who is stable has comprehensive care,” he added.

    Peru has become the latest Latin American nation to record a case of coronavirus, joining Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Mexico.

    Source: CNN News

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