Coronavirus Claims First American Victim in China

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An American citizen diagnosed with the coronavirus died in Wuhan, China. It is the first known confirmed death of an American who died from the virus. An embassy spokesman in China told reporters from Reuters that the victim died at Jinyintan Hospital.

“We can confirm that a 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 6,” a U.S. Embassy spokesman told AFP. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” the spokesman said. “Out of the respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”

The United States has sent nearly 17.8 tons of medical supplies to China, including masks, gowns, and respirators, a State Department official said. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said the United States was prepared to spend up to $100 million to assist China and support coronavirus efforts by the World Health Organization.

President Donald Trump set up a coronavirus task force to keep the president informed of the outbreak on a daily basis. The United States has confirmed 12 cases of the coronavirus so far. The latest confirmed case is in Wisconsin—also the first case in the state. Other coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Illinois, Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, California, and Washington state.

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