US citizen diagnosed with coronavirus dies in Wuhan, first reported foreigner death in China

The woman is the first known American to die of the novel coronavirus.

A U.S. citizen diagnosed with the novel coronavirus has died in Wuhan, marking the first known American death from the virus.

The patient, whose gender was not stated, was also the first known foreigner to die of the coronavirus in China, according to AFP.

In addition, Bloomberg reported that a Japanese man suspected of contracting the virus has also died in Wuhan.

60-year-old U.S. national died on Feb. 6

According to AFP, the 60-year-old diagnosed with the coronavirus died on Thursday (Feb. 6) in Wuhan.

The information was provided by the U.S. embassy, which did not provide more details about the person.

The New York Times reported that the two people familiar with the matter said the person was a woman, and had existing health conditions prior to being infected with the coronavirus.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their losses. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment,” said a spokesperson for the U.S. embassy.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.