American with coronavirus died in Wuhan, China, embassy says

A U.S. citizen diagnosed with novel coronavirus has died in China in what appears to be the first death of an American from the virus that has sickened tens of thousands of people in China and killed more than 700, a U.S. embassy spokesperson said.

“We can confirm a 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, China on Feb. 6,” a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing said.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. Out of the respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment,” the spokesperson said.

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The New York Times first reported the death of the American in Wuhan.

China’s national health commission said that as of Saturday morning local time, there had been 722 deaths from the virus in the mainland.

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Two people have died elsewhere — a person who had the coronavirus in the Philippines and a person in Hong Kong, health officials said.

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 724 people globally, and all but two of the deaths occurred in mainland China, health authorities said.

More than 34,500 cases have been confirmed in China as of Saturday morning, China’s National Health Commission said.

The virus has been detected in more than 20 other countries, including in the U.S.

Twelve people in the U.S. have been confirmed to have the virus, but some of them have been released from the hospital, including a Chicago couple that is now home.

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