(Thai officials conduct temperature screenings at Siam Paragon Mall on Feb. 4, 2020 in Bangkok)[Getty/Kyodo]

BANGKOK - Thailand's health authorities on Sunday said that a Thai man infected with the new coronavirus has died, becoming the country's first confirmed fatality from the disease.

The Public Health Ministry said the 35-year-old man, who worked in the retail sector, had suffered dengue fever before contracting the virus.

There are now 42 confirmed infections in the Southeast Asian country, a ministry spokesman said.

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