Brazil confirms first coronavirus death

Commuters wear face masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus in a subway station in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. (AP)

A 62-year-old man has died of the coronavirus in Sao Paulo, Brazil, becoming the South American country’s first death from the pandemic, local officials said Tuesday.

The man died on Monday but authorities had not confirmed that the virus was the cause of death until Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, it was confirmed this morning,” Sao Paulo mayor Bruno Covas told DBN radio.

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