February 13, 2020 / 12:03 PM / in 9 days

Japan confirms its first coronavirus death - Health Minister

Japan's new Health, Labour and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato arrives at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Thursday confirmed its first coronavirus death, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said.

The victim was a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa prefecture, which borders on Tokyo, Kato told a news conference. He did not give further details.

Reporting by Elaine Lies; editing by John Stonestreet

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