A 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with the coronavirus has died in Wuhan, China, in what appears to be the first American fatality from the global virus outbreak, the U.S. embassy in Beijing reports.
The victim, who was not identified, died on Wednesday, according to the embassy.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry said a Japanese man in his 60s being treated in Wuhan also died. It said the patient had been suspected of having the coronavirus but that it had not been confirmed.
According to health officials, the death toll from the virus, which broke out in Wuhan in December, jumped to 725 globally. The total number of cases in China hit 34,611, an increase of nearly 4,000 over the last 24 hours.
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In the the U.S., another group of 201 American evacuees from Wuhan arrived at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, to drop off 53 people for a two-week quarantine.
U.S. officials told reporters in Washington on Friday that more than 800 people have been brought to the United States from Wuhan on recent flights.
The plane that landed in California then flew on to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where about 90 people will be quarantined, and then to Omaha, Nebraska, where the remaining 57 passengers will be housed at a nearby Nebraska National Guard training base.
There were no signs of illness among those who flew into Lackland Air Force Base, said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of high consequence pathogens and pathology. There were no immediate reports on the conditions of the other passenger.
In other developments:
• Three more cruise ship passengers were diagnosed with the virus in Japan for a total of 64 on board the ship.
•Five people from Britain, including one child, are hospitalized in France with the new virus from China after contracting it during a holiday in the Alps.
The announcement comes as China’s ruling Communist Party faced a sharp public backlash following the death of a Chinese doctor who had been reprimanded by police in January for warning fellow doctors about the initial outbreak.
Li Wenliang, 34, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, contracted the virus while treating patients, and his death was confirmed early Friday. Li was one of eight medical professionals in Wuhan who were arrested for attempting to warn colleagues about the virus outbreak. They were forced to sign statements confessing to the spreading of “falsehoods.”
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Contributing: Associated Press