By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced today (computer translated) the first COVID-19 death in the country. The victim, a woman in her 80s from Kanagawa Prefecture, presented at the hospital with fatigue on January 22.

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She was later admitted with pneumonia and her condition deteriorated. She was tested for the novel coronavirus which came back positive today, the same day she died.

She had no history of overseas travel.

This is the first COVID-19 death in Japan and the third outside China (Hong Kong and the Philippines are the others). To date, Japan has reported 28 total cases.