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Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

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A Brazilian government test has confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America, a source said on Wednesday, after a Sao Paulo hospital flagged the possible infection of a 61-year-old who had visited Italy.

The person familiar with the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity because Brazil’s government had not yet announced the test results, ahead of a planned news conference.