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France confirms 3 cases of virus from China, 1st in Europe

Last Updated Jan 24, 2020 at 3:08 pm PDT

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a staff member wearing a hazardous materials suit hauls a bin at a hospital that reported a coronavirus death in Yichang in central China's Hubei Province. China is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country's most important holiday. (Chinatopix via AP)
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France on Friday confirmed three cases of the deadly new virus from China, the first cases in Europe

Authorities said all three sickened people had travelled to China.

PARIS — France has announced three confirmed cases of the deadly new virus from China, the first cases in Europe and the first outside Asia and the United States.

Authorities said all three sickened people had travelled to China.

Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said she expects more cases and that the virus must be battled like a wildfire. S

he said the likely reason that France has the first European cases is that it quickly developed a test allowing medics to rapidly diagnose the sickened.

All three cases in France have been hospitalized, in isolation two in Paris, the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.