US confirms first death from coronavirus; Donald Trump announces travel restrictions

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Washington: The United States reported the first death from novel coronavirus, prompting President Donald Trump to put a complete ban on travel from Iran, which has seen a rapid spread of the disease.

In a statement, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee announced the death of an individual from the coronavirus.

“It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to their family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” he said.

Speaking at a White House news conference the US President advised Americans to avoid travel to hard-hit areas of South Korea and Italy from where reports of coronavirus have appeared.

Trump said that “additional cases in the United States are likely,” but added that “healthy individuals should be able to fully recover.”

“Additional cases in the United States are likely, but healthy individuals should be able to fully recover. If you are healthy, you will probably go through a process and you will be fine,” he said and asked people not to panic, PTI reported.

The first fatality from the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Washington state. So far, 22 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US while 15 people have recovered from the virus.

“There is no reason to panic at all. Our country is prepared for any circumstance,” the US President said at his second press conference in the White House.

Trump further said that he would hold a meeting with top officials of big pharmaceutical groups at the White House on Monday to discuss treatments and efforts to develop a vaccine to combat the virus. He also assured that various wings of the US government were working to curb the menace round the clock.

The man who died was in his 50s and had “underlying health conditions,” said Jeff Duchin, public health officer for Seattle and King County, AFP reported.

WHO warns of global outbreak as virus spreads to 60 countries

Earlier this week, five countries reported their first cases of coronavirus, raising fear of a pandemic. The World Health Organization has warned the deadly virus could spread worldwide.

Death tolls rises to 2,978

The deadly virus that originated from China’s Wuhan city has claimed the lives of 2,978 people around the world and spread to 64 countries so far. The number of confirmed cases has increased to 86,992 worldwide.

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