March 21, 2020 / 1:10 AM / 17 days ago

Paraguay confirms first death due to coronavirus: health ministry

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay on Friday confirmed the first death in the country due to coronavirus, the health ministry said on Twitter.

Earlier on Friday, President Mario Abdo extended a previously announced quarantine through April 12, and called for a social isolation policy to last one week.

Paraguay has thus far recorded 18 cases of coronavirus.

Reporting by Daniela Desantis, writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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