Published On: Sat, Feb 8th, 2020

American in Wuhan, China dies of coronavirus, reported to be 1st US citizen killed in fast-moving outbreak

A US citizen has died of coronavirus in China, according to the country’s embassy. The patient succumbed to the disease in Wuhan – the epicenter of the epidemic which has already spread to more than 20 countries.

“We can confirm that a 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on February 6,” an embassy spokesman told AFP. The US citizen was a woman with underlying health conditions, according to sources cited by the New York Times.

The news comes as Japan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that a Japanese national died from pneumonia in Wuhan. The man was suspected of being infected with coronavirus.

The number of deaths from the outbreak has risen to 722 so far. The virus has spread worldwide to 27 countries.

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