A 66 year-old Tunisian man has died from the coronavirus, following a visit to Saudi Arabia , according to a Health Ministry statement.
The man's two children were also diagnosed with the virus but have since undergone treatment and recovered.
It's the first case of the SARS-like virus in Tunisia and shows how the virus is slowly spreading throughout the Middle East, where 30 cases have been reported, AP reported. In this latest outbreak, 9 people have died in Saudi Arabia alone.
The diabetic Tunisian man had suffered health complaints since he returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia and died of acute respiratory distress at hospital in Monastir.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused 20 deaths globally.