February 26, 2020 / 6:28 PM / a month ago

France reports new confirmed case of coronavirus, tally now at 18

French Health Minister Olivier Veran speaks to reporters after European health ministers from neighbouring countries to Italy held a meeting to discuss Italy's coronavirus outbreak, in Rome, Italy, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

PARIS (Reuters) - One more person has been infected with the coronavirus in France, putting the tally at 18 in the country, the French Health minister said on Wednesday.

“There is no epidemic in the country, just isolated cases”, Olivier Veran said during a press conference, adding that 15 million protection masks would be made available.

Health ministry director Jerome Salomon added that out of the 18 cases, two people had died, 12 were cured and four were still hospitalized.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Chris Reese

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