02.08.2020

Coronavirus death toll nears 640 as hundreds more Americans evacuated from China

Coronavirus death toll nears 640 as hundreds more Americans evacuated from China Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

The U.S. embassy confirmed early Saturday that an American citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, China on February 6. It appears this is the first death of an American citizen from the disease.  

Planes carrying about 300 Americans from the Chinese city at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak arrived at military bases in California and Texas on Friday. Some of the Americans were continued on from Texas to Nebraska.

Passengers will be under a 14-day quarantine to protect against the spread of the virus. "Our top priority is keeping the risk to the American public low, and we're working on all fronts to do that," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters.

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