Man dies from coronavirus in Taiwan

People wear face masks and walk through a shopping mall in Taipei, Taiwan, on Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo: AP)

A man has died from the coronavirus in Taiwan, marking the first such death on the island since the epidemic spread from mainland China, the island’s health minister said on Sunday.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said during a news conference on Sunday that the deceased person was a man in his sixties, who had not traveled abroad recently and had diabetes and hepatitis B.

His was the first fatality in Taiwan, which has to date accumulated 20 confirmed cases.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01