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First American dies from coronavirus in China

An American citizen has died from coronavirus in China, the US government has confirmed.

The US national passed away Thursday from the virus in Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak.

Officials have not released the name or gender of the 60-year-old victim, who is the first-known American to die from the illness.

The US Embassy in Beijing released a statement Saturday morning which read: ‘We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss.

‘Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.’

As of Saturday morning US time, coronavirus – which has triggered global alarm – has infected more than 34,500 people and killed more than 700.

The number of fatalities has now surpassed the death toll from the SARS outbreak of 2003, according to Al-Jazeera.

At least 25 countries have now confirmed cases of coronavirus, including the US, where 12 people have been struck down with the infection.

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