On Saturday, February 8, the United States Embassy in Beijing confirmed that a 60-year-old American national died of the new coronavirus last Thursday at Jinyintian Hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
A U.S. State Department spokesperson says this is the first known American death from Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV.
The Chinese government today offered condolences for the death of "a Chinese-American."
Also on Saturday, a Japanese national suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus died in Wuhan.
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose to 700 in mainland China, with the death of a 60-year-old American man marking the first confirmed non-Chinese death from the illness https://t.co/nSF3SoNSAH pic.twitter.com/9n9P5Pss5V
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 8, 2020
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PHOTO: From China's Communist government's propaganda outlet, China Daily."Zhang Jixian, a respiratory physician from Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese & Western Medicine, wears protective gear before treating novel coronavirus patients at isolation wards, in Wuhan, Hubei province, on Jan 30, 2020." [Photo by Yuan Zheng/China Daily]