First US coronavirus death reported in Washington state

February 29, 2020 | 1:16pm | Updated February 29, 2020 | 2:55pm

A Washington State woman in her 50s is the first person in the United States to die from coronavirus, officials confirmed Saturday.

President Trump identified the victim as a “high risk” patient and said during a news conference she had died overnight.

The American fatality was a resident of King County, which includes Seattle, according to the Washington Department of Health, KIRO 7 reported. She died at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the death marked  “a sad day in our state.”

Officials in the state have scheduled a 1 p.m. local time press conference that will be streamed live , to provide more information.

Meanwhile, Trump on Saturday expanded travel restrictions on those who have been to Iran, and increased screenings of people coming into the country from Italy and South Korea, where coronavirus cases have mushroomed.

There are at least 66 cases of coronavirus in the US; at least 85,406 cases in 60 other countries, with 2,924 deaths.

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