What we know about the first Frenchman to die from coronavirus in Paris

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The Frenchman who died of the coronavirus was a sixty-something teacher, the Ministry of National Education confirmed on Wednesday (February 26th) to the AFP. In addition, the patient was a municipal councilor in Vaumoise, Oise, according to Le Parisien.

The first Frenchman to die after being infected with the new coronavirus, who died overnight in Paris, is a teacher at the college in Crépy-en-Valois in Oise, AFP learned from the Ministry of National Education.

The patient was 60 years old and came from Vaumoise (Oise), said Le Parisien. The man was a teacher and also a city councilor in his hometown.

Pulmonary embolism

On Tuesday 25 February, he was tested in an emergency in the capital, at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital. He died probably during the night of a “pulmonary embolism”, said the mayor of Vaumoise Gilles Petitbon.

The patient “had Covid-19 but died of a massive pulmonary embolism,” said a source at the hospital.

However, the deceased city councilor had neither visited Italy nor China, the mayor added. This information has been confirmed by the ministry.

The college of Crépy-en-Valois where this professor taught has been part of the academic areas on school holidays since the evening of February 14; he resumes classes on March 2.

According to the mayor of Vaumoise, he “had started to feel bad from the start of the holidays and had been hospitalized quickly”.

“The investigation was launched urgently” on the place where this patient could have been infected and on his entourage, explained Wednesday the N.2 of the Ministry of Health, Jérôme Salomon, during a press conference.

Assessment in France

For the moment, the balance sheet of the Covid-19 disease in France is two dead (the Frenchman of 60 years and a Chinese tourist of 80 years), eleven cures and four patients still hospitalized, that is to say 17 cases in total.

In addition to the deceased 60-year-old, two new cases were confirmed Wednesday, in addition to the two already announced Tuesday evening. No case had been spotted in France since February 15, but meanwhile, the disease spread to Italy, a border country which is also the most affected in Europe.

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