A British tourist has died from coronavirus in the African island nation of Cape Verde, hours after checking into a luxury resort.
Authorities in the country said the unnamed Brit man was rushed to hospital on Monday night after he became ill at a five-star hotel.
The country's health minister Arlindo do Rosario confirmed the news on Tuesday.
He said the man is the first person to die from coronavirus in Cape Verde as well as the country's first patient.
The man was taken ill after checking into the five-star Hotel Riu Karamboa on Boa Vista, one of the country's most visited islands, on March 9.
He was taken to Sal Rei Hospital on March 16 but was unable to recover from the killer virus.
The dead Brit's partner, whose nationality isn't known, isn't believed to have shown symptoms of the disease yet and has so far tested negative.
Health chiefs confirmed that the hotel would now go into a 14-day lockdown following the death.
Some 640 guests and 210 staff will be unable to leave the hotel for the next two weeks.
Cape Verde's Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva also announced the island of Boa Vista will now go into lockdown.
A 60-year-old Dutch woman at the hotel has since tested positive for COVID-19 while her husband is being tested after starting to show symptoms.
The Hotel Riu Karamboa complex backs onto a white sandy beach and isn't far from Boa Vista's airport.
Daily Star Online has approached the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for comment.
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