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Japanese, US citizens die in Wuhan

2020-02-08 HKT 13:31
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  • Beds are set up at a convention centre in Wuhan that's been pressed into use as an emergency hospital. Photo: AP
    Beds are set up at a convention centre in Wuhan that's been pressed into use as an emergency hospital. Photo: AP
A US citizen in Wuhan has died from the new coronavirus, the US embassy said on Saturday, while Japan's Foreign Ministry said one of their citizens who is suspected to have the disease also died in the Chinese city

They appear to be the first deaths of foreign citizens from the outbreak.

"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 said, without specifying the person's gender.

"We offer the sincerest condolences to the family for their loss," the spokesman said, adding that no further comment would be made out of respect for the family's privacy.

The Japanese man, in his 60s, had been admitted to hospital due to severe pneumonia and the hospital reported his death to the Japanese embassy in China, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said.

Chinese medical authorities said the man was highly likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus but "it is difficult to make a definitive judgement," the embassy said.

His cause of death was given as viral pneumonia, it added.

At least 722 people have died from the virus in China while more than 34,000 have been infected, according to the latest official figures.

Two people have died from the virus outside the mainland: a man from Wuhan in the Philippines and a 39-year-old man in Hong Kong.

The Chinese foreign ministry said on Thursday that 19 foreigners have been infected in China, and two of them have recovered. The ministry refused to disclose their nationalities. (AFP)