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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