US citizen dies in China, first American fatality


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.

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