March 24, 2020 / 5:53 PM / 14 days ago

CORRECTED-Death toll in Peru hits 7 as coronavirus spreads

(Corrects headline and first para to clarify that man who died had recently returned from Canada but was not a Canadian citizen)

By Marco Aquino

LIMA, March 24 (Reuters) - The death toll from coronavirus in Peru hit 7 on Tuesday after a 38-year-old man died after he contracted the disease while on a trip to Canada, the country’s Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said the man, who recently returned to Peru, died after being admitted to a Lima hospital on Monday for respiratory failure. He was found to be suffering from atypical pneumonia, it added.

The ministry also reported the death of a 66-year-old woman from coronavirus, who had returned from Spain on March 14 and died of acute respiratory failure and pneumonia.

Peru had confirmed 416 cases of the virus as of Tuesday. (Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Sandra Maler and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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