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US embassy says an American died from the coronavirus in Wuhan


A United States citizen has died from the new coronavirus in Wuhan, in what appeared to be the first death of an American from the outbreak.

Few details about the American, who died on Thursday, were immediately available. The person was around 60 years old, according to the United States Embassy in Beijing. Two people familiar with the matter said the person was a woman and had underlying health conditions.

“We can confirm a 60-year old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, China on February 6. 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 embassy said.

Earlier Saturday, China’s National Health Commission said the viurs has killed more than 700 people and infected over 34,000. Of those, 699 deaths and nearly 25,000 confirmed cases occurred in Hubei, according to the province’s figures. Hubei said 545 people in Wuhan have died in the outbreak as of the end of Friday.

A majority of deaths in the outbreak are located in mainland China. There are two reported deaths outside mainland China — one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. There are 12 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the US.

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