British tourist, 62, becomes first Coronavirus death in Cape Verde
British tourist, 62, dies in Cape Verde after contracting coronavirus in West African nation’s first fatality from pandemic
- British man arrived on one of Cape Verde’s 10 islands on Monday, March 9
- He began showing symptoms a week later and died yesterday, authorities said
- West African nation had suffered no fatalities until his death this week
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A 62-year-old British tourist has become the first person to die of coronavirus in Cape Verde.
The man travelled to the West African island nation from the UK on March 9 and began showing symptoms a week later.
His condition ‘began to worsen, and unfortunately he died yesterday evening,’ Cape Verde’s Health Minister Arlindo do Rosario said today.
All staff at the hotel where the man was staying are now in isolation, according to officials.
Authorities have detected two other cases on Boavista, one in a friend of the British tourist, the other in a 60-year-old Dutch tourist, whose case is considered worrying.
Cape Verde had suffered no coronavirus fatalities until yesterday, while the UK’s death toll jumped up by 86 today from 335 to 442.
There have been 8,077 confirmed cases of the virus in Britain, with many thousands more likely to be going undetected due to a lack of testing kits.
A 62-year-old British tourist has become the first person to die of coronavirus in Cape Verde. File image used
It comes as police officers were today forced to break up barbecues being held in different parts of the country as Britons flouted new draconian powers to disperse crowds of more than two to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said home is now the ‘front line’ in the fight against coronavirus, as he urged people to come together to reduce the number of people in the UK who will die from the spread of the infection.
But he issued a stark warning, saying stricter measures introduced by the Prime Minister on Monday were not advice but rules that must be followed.
He told MPs in the Commons: ‘The spread of coronavirus is rapidly accelerating across the world and in the UK.
‘The actions we took yesterday are not actions that any UK government would want to take but they are absolutely necessary. Our instruction is simple: stay at home.’
He said people should only be leaving their home for four reasons – shopping for essentials such as food and medicine, one form of exercise per day, medical need or to provide care to a vulnerable person, and travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
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