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A hospital doctor died after being infected with the new coronavirus, France's Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Sunday. He added that "to his knowledge", it was the first death of this type in France.
"I was informed yesterday evening of the death of a hospital doctor, it is to my knowledge (…) the first situation that has struck a hospital doctor," Véran said on Le Grand Jury, a political programme on RTL radio and LCI TV news station, in partnership with Le Figaro.
Véran declined to give "more precise information", to respect the family's wishes and also medical confidentiality.
According to France 3 Hauts-de-France, however, the victim was an emergency doctor from Compiègne, in the Oise, one of the first departments in the country to be badly affected by the virus.
The doctor died after being transferred to Lille, according to AFP.
Véran said the death "emphasised the extraordinary courage shown by all the doctors, nurses, firefighters and other people who help save lives every day".
"There is a very heavy price paid by the great family of doctors in our country today." he added.
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