US President Donald Trump urged calm after the first death on US soil and Australia registered its first fatality, as China reported a fresh spike in coronavirus infections on March 1.
Global attention turned to the United States on Saturday after the first fatality on American soil was confirmed. The death occurred in Washington state’s King County, which includes Seattle, a city of more than 700,000 people. The victim was in his 50s and had “underlying health conditions.” Officials also announced a possible outbreak in a Washington state nursing home, where a health worker and a resident in her 70s were both confirmed sick with the virus.
Australia reported the first death on its soil – a 78-year-old man who had been evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
China on Sunday reported 573 new infections, the highest figure in a week after a dip. All but three were in Hubei province.