x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

France investigates three new cases of Sars-like coronavirus

French health officials are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to Sars, while a man confirmed to have the virus remains hospitalised.

PARIS // French health officials are investigating three suspected cases of a deadly new respiratory virus related to Sars, while a man confirmed to have the virus remains hospitalised.

Beatrice Degrugillers, a spokeswoman for the regional health agency in France's Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, said a nurse at the hospital where the first patient was hospitalised in late April has herself been under watch at the hospital in Douai since Thursday night.

A doctor and a former hospital roommate who had each been in contact with the first patient also remain hospitalised. Test results are expected later today.

On Wednesday authorities announced the 65-year-old Frenchman, who travelled from Dubai, was France's first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, which has killed 18 people and raised new public health concerns since being identified last year in the Middle East.