A U.S. citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died on Thursday, Feb. 6, in China, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing confirmed early on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The 60-year-old citizen was dead at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan city, the epicenter of the health emergency, Bloomberg News citing the embassy said in an emailed statement.
“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” the embassy said. “Out of the respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”
This appears to be the second foreign death from coronavirus, following another victim from the Philippines.
The figures from Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) show total deaths from the two-month virus outbreak hit 725 as of 4:00 a.m. Saturday, which is closing in on the 774 killed worldwide in SARS epidemic in 2002–2003.
There are 34,939 confirmed infections, including 34,609 cases from mainland China. Total 2,233 infected cases have been recovered.
As of Saturday morning, there are 12 confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the United States.
CBS News reported that planes carrying about 300 Americans from Wuhan arrived at military bases in California and Texas on Friday. The passengers will be under a 14-day quarantine to protect against the spread of the virus.