Coronavirus: Burgundy hotel on lockdown after death of Chinese man

Dozens of guests have been confined to the Ibis hotel in central Beaune. Illustration photo: Google streetview
Thirty people have been confined to a hotel in Beaune in the Burgundy region of France as a precaution after the death of a Chinese tourist.

The tourist, whose age was not given but who is believed to be from Hong Kong, died in the Ibis hotel in Beaune in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of France on Tuesday.

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His death has not been confirmed as a case of coronavirus, but local health authorities have taken the precautionary measure of imposing controls on the hotel.

The other 30 people in the man's group – who had been due to travel to Paris on Wednesday morning – have been ordered to stay confined in the hotel.

Other guests at the hotel who had not had contact with the man have been allowed to leave.

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regional health authorities say the expect the results of the coronavirus test on the man to be confirmed by Wednesday afternoon.

If confirmed, his death would bring the total number of people who have died of coronavirus in France to three – an 80-year-old Chinese tourist died on February 14th and a 60-year-old French high school teacher died on Tuesday night in Paris.

The Beaune marie has said that the deceased man is believed to have had heart problems.

Beaune is a popular tourist destination in France – at the heart of the Burgundy wine country in Côte-d'Or.

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  1. This is terrible!
    We have stayed there for years.
    Great place and wonderful service!
    We wish them all the best and hope they will be opened again soon.

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