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(CNN) — France has recorded its first death of a patient diagnosed with a SARS-like virus that just recently was found in humans, the hospital that treated him said.

The patient — the first of two people in France to be diagnosed with novel coronavirus — died of organ failure Tuesday at University Hospital of Lille, the hospital said.

The patient had been treated at the hospital since May 9.

Novel coronavirus, which is in the same family as SARS, had infected 44 people worldwide as of Thursday, most of them in the Middle East, according to the World Health Organziation. Twenty-two of those patients have died.

Journalist Saskya Vandoorne contributed to this report.