By Omer Faruk Yildiz
KUALA LUMPUR (AA) - Brunei confirmed its first death from the novel coronavirus, local media reported on Saturday.
A 64-year-old patient who came to Brunei on March 4 after traveling to Malaysia and Cambodia, succumbed to the virus, Malaysian state-run Bernama news reported.
The number of confirmed cases in the country has reached 115 and while 11 people have recovered from COVID-19.
After first appearing in Wuhan, China, last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 176 countries and territories, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
The data shows over 598,000 cases have been reported worldwide since last December, with the death toll above 27,700 and over 131,700 recoveries.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar