A Chinese tourist has died in France, which is the first death from Covid-19 in Europe.

It comes as authorities in China insist the number of people diagnosed with the new form of coronavirus is dropping each day.

The number of people who have died in the country because of the new strain of coronavirus has passed 15-hundred.

143 deaths were confirmed this morning – with an investigation now underway into how the disease is spreading.

Meanwhile, the US is sending an aircraft to Japan to bring home American passengers from a cruise ship which has been quarantined there.