Brazils carnival celebrations now over, the country is said to be tracking 20 suspected cases of Coronavirus.
On Wednesday a 61-year-old Sao Paulo resident was diagnosed, after returning from the Lombardy region of Italy, Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique said. This new case means that the deadly infection has now reached every continent besides Antarctica.
No further details about the patient have been released, but Brazilian nationals were flown back from Wuhan – the epicentre of the virus in China – on a repatriation flight earlier this month.
The news came as the coronavirus crisis deepened in Europe, with Italy confirming its twelfth death since a dramatic surge in the number of diagnoses there began last week.
Greece has also reported its first case and France the first death of one of its own nationals, with a 60-year-old man confirmed to have died in Paris overnight.
He was the second coronavirus fatality in the country, after a Chinese national from Hubei province died last month, with health officials revealing that he had not travelled to any outbreak zones.
The Greece case was a woman who had recently travelled to northern Italy.