Turkish Cyprus reports first coronavirus death

Turkish Cyprus on March 28 confirmed its first death from the novel coronavirus. A 67-year-old German tourist succumbed to the virus in Nicosia.

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Turkish Cyprus reported its first death from the coronavirus on March 28 after a 67-year old German tourist died in hospital in Nicosia, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency said.

The German man also suffered from the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure, the agency said. It said the man had been treated at the Dr. Burhan Nalbantoğlu hospital in Nicosia.

Citing a statement from the ministry on March 28, the agency said the total number of cases in the Turkish Cyprus had risen to 61.

Earlier this month, Ankara had said it sent 72 million lira ($11.16 million) in emergency financial assistance and medical supplies to the Turkish Cyprus due to the virus outbreak.

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