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First coronavirus death in Switzerland

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Switzerland announced its first death from coronavirus on Thursday, according to Swiss police.

A 74-year-old woman died after being hospitalised in the canton of Vaud since Tuesday, police said. She was a high-risk patient suffering from chronic disease, authorities added.

The mountainous country, known as a relatively impenetrable refuge from global events, is the latest country to record a death from the covid-19 disease which is close to becoming a global pandemic. Switzerland's neighbor Italy has been the center of the disease in Europe, with over 100 deaths - the highest outside of China, where the virus began.

- With Reuters.