The second death on US soil from the novel corona virus was confirmed, health officials said on Sunday when New York reported its first case.
The man, who died on Saturday, was in his seventies and had “underlying health conditions”, according to the King County, Washington State Health Department.
The death occurred in King County, the most populous state and home to Seattle, a city of over 700,000.
It is the second death in both Washington State and King County. The first victim to die the previous Saturday was in his fifties and, according to Jeff Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County, also had "underlying health conditions".
The first victim was one of a few with no known connections to global hot zones infected with the virus – indicating that the pathogen is now likely to spread to communities.
On the opposite coast, New York confirmed its first positive case of the COVID-19 virus.
"The patient, a woman in her late thirties, was infected with the virus while traveling to Iran and is currently isolated in her home," said New York governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement released on Sunday.
He added that she was "not in serious condition and in a controlled situation since her arrival in New York".
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