BEIJING: The US embassy in China on Saturday confirmed that a US citizen has died from the deadly coronavirus at China’s Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus.
“We can confirm that a 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on February 6,” an embassy spokesman told.
The person’s gender is not yet specified and it is believed to be the first confirmed foreign death from the outbreak.
“We offer the sincerest condolences to the family for their loss,” the spokesman said.
No further comment would be made out of respect for the family’s privacy, added the spokesperson.
The virus has killed about 722 people in China. While over 34,000 others have been infected by the coronavirus globally.
The coronavirus, which originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province in December, has now spread to more than 20 countries.
Meanwhile, two people have died from the epidemic outside the mainland: a man from Wuhan in the Philippines and a 39-year-old man in Hong Kong.
On Thursday, the Chinese foreign ministry said that 19 foreigners have been infected in China, and two of them have recovered.
However, the ministry refused to disclose their nationalities.