US embassy staff in hazmat suits board a State Department plane in Wuhan to check passengers heading for quarantine on the West Coast as the first American coronavirus death is confirmed and the global death toll soars to 724

Saturday, February 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

US embassy staff in hazmat suits were seen boarding a State Department plane home from Wuhan Friday
Shocking pictures taken during the boarding process of the cargo plane at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on February 7 show staff dressed in white hazmat suits and masks and blue ‘U.S. Embassy’ bibs
The first coronavirus death of an American citizen was confirmed by the US government Saturday morning
The unnamed US national, aged 60, passed away Thursday from the virus in Wuhan
Latest figures showed coronavirus has infected 34,957 people worldwide and killed 725, up by 88 in a day
Number of fatalities is now higher than the death toll from the SARS outbreak of 2003
On Friday, the last two flights that the US State Department chartered to evacuate Americans from the coronavirus outbreak’s epicenter in Wuhan, China, landed in Texas and California
One passenger on each plane developed symptoms that could indicate coronavirus
Currently 12 Americans on US soil have been diagnosed with coronavirus and a dozen passengers – including Americans – on a cruise ship docked in New Jersey are to be tested for the virus
The first US coronavirus patient has been discharged after treatment in Washington state
Thursday, a Chicago couple – the first US case of human-to-human transmission left hospital
US health officials say Americans should expect more cases of coronavirus as testing ramps up
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a Friday press briefing the Trump Administration will commit up to $100 million to fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the US and abroad
Development of a treatment for coronavirus is proceeding ‘without glitches,’ said the NIH, and is expected to begin clinical trials in two-and-a-half months

By RACHEL SHARP
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 February 2020

US embassy staff in white hazmat suits were seen boarding a State Department plane home from Wuhan on Friday, as the first coronavirus death of an American citizen is confirmed and the global death toll leaps by 87 overnight.

Shocking pictures of repatriation efforts of US and Canadian citizens have emerged showing the lengths necessary in order to try to limit the spread of the disease as people are brought back from China onto US soil.

Embassy staff were pictured during the boarding process of the cargo plane at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on February 7.

In the images, staff are dressed head to toe in white hazmat suits and masks, with their blue ‘U.S. Embassy’ bibs over the top.

The inside of the plane is partially covered in white sheeting and cargo appears to be transported in black bin liners. Other passengers appear to be in regular clothing except for face masks.

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