First American Citizen Dies of CoronaVirus in Wuhan, China

More sad news coming out of Wuhan, China this weekend, as the New York Times reported the first American citizen has died of the Coronavirus.

An American died of the virus in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, in what was apparently the first American death.

The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said a 60-year-old U.S. citizen diagnosed with the virus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan on Wednesday. The embassy did not identify the person.

A Japanese citizen being treated in Wuhan who had a suspected case also died.

Almost all of the new fatalities were in and around Wuhan in central Hubei province. Another 3,399 cases were reported, bringing the total to 34,546, although some of those have recovered. More than 320 cases have been confirmed outside mainland China, including two deaths in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Three more cruise ship passengers were diagnosed with the virus in Japan for a total of 64 on board the ship.

China’s ruling Communist Party faces continuing anger and recriminations from the public over the death of a doctor who was threatened by police after trying to sound the alarm about the disease more than a month ago.

You can read more from our friends over at The Associated Press.

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