Swiss death toll from new coronavirus rises to two

ZURICH, March 8 (Reuters) - A patient infected with the new coronavirus has died in hospital in Liestal, authorities in the Swiss canton of Basel-Land said on Sunday, bringing the national death toll to two.

National health authorities have put the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 281 as of midday on Sunday. (Reporting by Michael Shields;Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)