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First American Coronavirus Death in Wuhan, China


The first American Coronavirus death refers to a 60-year-old man U.S. citizen who died in Wuhan, China on Thursday, the U.S. embassy in Beijing announced.

The U.S. embassy confirmed on Saturday that a 60-year-old American man infected with coronavirus died at a hospital in Wuhan province on Thursday. It’s the first known American death from the Outbreak Of Coronavirus, which has been declared an emergency by the World Health Organization.

“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 told.

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

Besides the first American Coronavirus death, two people have died elsewhere. One of them is a person who had the coronavirus in the Philippines and another one is in Hong Kong, health officials informed, bringing global deaths to at least 724.

American Coronavirus death refers to a man in Wuhan
The New York Times

On Friday, the Chinese government reported 86 fatalities in the viruses’ deadliest day so far. The fast-spreading virus has killed more than 700 and infected more than 34,500 in China as of Friday. A Japanese citizen “highly suspected” of having coronavirus has also died, Japan’s foreign ministry published.

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American Coronavirus death toll

The death toll from the outbreak is inching closer to the total from SARS and may exceed the threshold this weekend if the disease continues to kill people at its current speed. The total number of victims may be far higher, given reports of an overwhelmed health system in Hubei, central China.

On Friday, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced the U.S. is ready to spend as much as $100 million to help China and other nations fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The U.S. this week helped the ship to China 17.8 tons of provided supplies, such as masks, gowns, gauze, respirators and other materials this week, he declared in a statement.

Trump conversation with China

Also, President Trump on Friday tweeted that he had a “good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus. He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days. Nothing is easy, but he will be successful.”


China’s ruling Communist Party faced public anger and recrimination over the death of a doctor who was threatened by the authorities after trying to sound the alarm about the novel coronavirus back in December.

While cruise ship travelers faced more woe as Japan reported 41 new cases on one quarantined vessel and turned away another. President Xi Jinping spoke with President Donald Trump and urged the U.S. to “respond reasonably” to the outbreak, echoing complaints that some countries are overreacting by restricting Chinese travelers.

However, 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.

Saturday, Japan’s foreign ministry announced on its website that a Japanese citizen in his 60s who had been hospitalized with severe pneumonia had died at a medical facility in Wuhan.

Japan’s foreign ministry said that according to the Chinese facility where the Japanese citizen was, he was “highly suspected” of having the novel coronavirus but because of the difficulty confirming that, the man’s death was being classified as “viral pneumonia.”

Japan’s government said it sends its petitions to the victim and condolences to his family.

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