A U.S. citizen diagnosed with the new coronavirus died in Wuhan, China on Thursday, the U.S. embassy stated in an announcement.
“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 stated.
It is the primary recognized American loss of life in an outbreak of a new coronavirus. Wuhan is the middle of the outbreak and the capital of Hubei province, the place most deaths and confirmed instances are situated.
Earlier Saturday, China’s National Health Commission stated the virus has killed greater than 700 individuals and contaminated over 34,000. Of these, 699 deaths and practically 25,000 confirmed instances occurred in Hubei, in keeping with the province’s figures. Hubei stated 545 individuals in Wuhan have died in the outbreak as of the top of Friday.
In January, the World Health Organization declared the fast-spreading virus a worldwide well being emergency. The designation permits the worldwide company to mobilize monetary and political help to include the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued obligatory quarantine orders for the individuals it evacuated from Wuhan. It was the primary time the company had issued such orders in 50 years.
Washington has continued to evacuate Americans from Wuhan and quarantining them at navy bases throughout the U.S., together with: March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California; Camp Ashland in Nebraska; Travis Air Force Base in California; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego; and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
The Trump administration additionally introduced that it might commit as much as $100 million in current funds to assist the WHO, China and different contaminated nations struggle the coronavirus outbreak.
The WHO has been asking member nations for donations to assist with response efforts after tapping $9 million from its contingency fund for emergencies earlier this week.
When requested about contributing extra funds, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that it was “premature” to debate that.