Coronavirus chronology changed as France discovers December case


PARIS – French doctors have discovered a case of a new coronavirus dating from the end of December in a man hospitalized near Paris, the first Covid-19 infection publicly identified outside of China.

The case, in a man with no history of travel to China, alters the chronology of the pandemic, suggesting that the virus was spreading in Europe at least a few weeks earlier than expected and more than a month before the epidemic in Italy. The discovery is a crucial step in a global medical investigation that examines how …


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