March 18, 2020 / 10:56 PM / 22 days ago

Costa Rica reports first death due to coronavirus - health ministry

SAN JOSE, March 18 (Reuters) - The Costa Rican health ministry said on Wednesday that it had reported its first death due to coronavirus, an 87-year-old man who had been hospitalized west of the capital.

“At 4:15 p.m. the first person in Costa Rica died as a result of COVID-19, a senior citizen,” Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado wrote in a post on Twitter. “We stand in solidarity with his family... Only together and with solidarity will we pass through this national emergency.” (Reporting by Alvaro Murillo; writing by Julia Love)

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