March 23, 2020 / 8:09 AM / 14 days ago

Montenegro reports its first death from coronavirus infection

BELGRADE (Reuters) - A 65-year old man from the Montenegrin town of Herceg Novi who died in hospital in the capital Podgorica on Sunday is the Adriatic country’s first victim of the coronavirus, the director of the Clinical Center of Montenegro.

“The man was transported to the Clinical Center of Montenegro ... and unfortunately died shortly afterwards,” Jevto Erakovic said late on Sunday.

The patient suffered from a chronic lung disease before he contracted the coronavirus. Montenegro, a tiny Balkan republic of only 620,000, has registered 22 cases of coronavirus infection.

Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Louise Heavens

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