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Coronavirus claims second victim in Czech Republic

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A second man, 45, died from novel coronavirus in the Czech Republic today, Health Minister Adam Vojtech has told CTK, adding that he was in hospital in Havirov, North Moravia, and suffered from severe cancer. The first victim was recorded in Prague on Monday.

“The news came from the hospital in Havirov. The patient, born in 1975, lost his fight against a widespread failure of organs due to advanced cancer. The coronavirus worsened his condition,” Vojtech said.

The infection sped up the man’s death, the hospital in Havirov said in a press release.

“The hospital did its utmost to save him, but even specialized intensive care did not succeed. The patient had widespread metastatic cancer. The coronavirus sped up his death,” hospital spokeswoman Irma Kanova said.

The man was hospitalized at the isolation unit for the patients who have tested positive for coronavirus.

“His health condition was rapidly worsening. Due to this, he was moved to the special intensive care unit for patients with severe symptoms of the coronavirus infection,” hospital director Norbert Schellong said.

“The fight against multiple failure of organs was in vain due to the advanced malign tumors. The condition was unfortunately exacerbated by severe pneumonia. Normally, it would not be lethal for a man of his age,” he added.

The first COVID-19 disease cases were confirmed on March 1. There have been 1,289 confirmed coronavirus cases in Czechia by this morning.

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