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Timor Leste reports first fatality from COVID-19

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    Kyodo News

Dili, Timor Leste   /   Tue, April 6, 2021   /   03:25 pm
Timor Leste reports first fatality from COVID-19 A Timorese man wearing a face mask stays at his home amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Dili on March 29, 2020. (AFP/Valentino Dariell DE SOUSA)

Timor Leste confirmed its first fatality from the novel coronavirus, the country's health ministry said Tuesday.

A coordinator of the ministry's COVID-19 team told reporters a 44-year-old woman, who had been undergoing treatment for the infection in Dili, died Monday.

The woman was admitted to hospital on March 24 after having tested positive for the virus a day earlier, the official said. She had underlying health complications caused by chronic kidney failure.

Timor Leste received its first batch of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Britain's AstraZeneca Monday. The shipment will provide some 24,000 doses to the tiny Southeast Asian nation with a population of 1.3 million.

The country, which has been under a state of emergency since August last year, has 766 confirmed cases as of Monday, according to the ministry.