A 74-year-old woman suffering from the new corona virus died in Switzerland. This is the country's first death in the outbreak that killed more than 3,200 people worldwide, police said on Thursday.
The woman, who was hospitalized with the virus on Tuesday in the western city of Lausanne, died overnight, the regional police in the canton of Vaud said in a statement.
The woman, who also had a pre-existing chronic illness, was classified as a "high risk" for the virus.
COVID-19 causes mild symptoms in 80 percent of cases, but older and sick people may experience severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure.
It is estimated that 3.4 percent of those infected with the virus have been killed worldwide.
More than 95,000 people have been infected and over 3,200 have died worldwide from the virus, which had reached around 80 countries and areas by Thursday.
To date, Switzerland has registered 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the disease first occurred in the country on February 25.
Switzerland suspended all events with more than 1,000 participants on Friday until March 15, and in particular canceled the Geneva Motor Show.
On Thursday, the International Labor Organization announced that it had decided to cancel a meeting of its governing body, which would likely involve around 500 people from more than 70 countries after a risk assessment this month.
The United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva has also closed its doors to visitors and restricted some activities related to the Human Rights Council.
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