YANGON, Myanmar 

Myanmar said Tuesday that a nasal cancer patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus has passed away, marking the country’s first confirmed death from the disease.   

The 69-year-old Myanmar national, who received medical treatment in Australia for a month and arrived back in Yangon on March 14, was among the country’s 14 confirmed cases.  

The Ministry of Health and Sports said he died Tuesday morning in a hospital in Yangon.   

After first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 177 countries and territories, according

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