BREAKING NEWS: First American coronavirus death is confirmed as US citizen, 60, dies in China – as the number of people killed by the infection soars above 700, surpassing SARS death toll

Saturday, February 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

An American citizen living in Wuhan, China died from coronavirus on Thursday
Officials stated that the US national was 60 years old, but did not release their name or gender
The virus – which has triggered global alarm – has infected 34,500 people and killed more than 700

8 February 2020

An American citizen has died from coronavirus in China, the US government has confirmed.

The US national passed away Thursday from the virus in Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak.

Officials have not released the name or gender of the 60-year-old victim, who was is the first-known American to die from the illness.

A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Beijing released a statement which read: ‘We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss.

‘Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.’

As of Saturday morning US time, coronavirus – which has triggered global alarm – has infected more than 34,500 people and killed more than 700.

The number of fatalities has now surpassed the death toll from the SARS outbreak of 2003, according to Al-Jazeera.

At least 25 countries have now confirmed cases of coronavirus, including Singapore, where 33 cases have been reported.

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