ANKARA 

Bolivia confirmed its first coronavirus-related death on Sunday, with confirmed cases rising to 96.

Health Minister Anibal Cruz announced that the patient was a 78-year-old female from eastern Santa Cruz.

“The patient was diagnosed on March 26. Until yesterday she remained stable, in mandatory isolation; at night her respiratory distress began to intensify, so she was intubated and entered intensive care,” he was quoted as saying by the Health Ministry on Twitter.

Disclosing that the patient’s death and organ failure was due to old age, the minister recommended Bolivians to take care of the elderly who are “more vulnerable

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