Coronavirus latest: Four more deaths announced in the US – worldwide death toll over 3,000

Coronavirus latest: Four more deaths announced in the US – worldwide death toll over 3,000

The US coronavirus death toll has risen to six after four more deaths were announced yesterday. So far the deaths have been around the Seattle and Kirkland areas of Washington.

Researchers fear the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in Washington state.

At a news conference Monday Jeff Duchin from Public Health Seattle & King County said five of the deaths were people from King County and one was a person from Snohomish County, north of Seattle, AP reported.

Following the deaths, King County Public Health released a statement on Twitter advising citizens on how to protect themselves.

Officials have warned people in the area to avoid crowed areas, especially the elderly.

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Four more deaths have been announced in the US (Image: GETTY)

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The US coronavirus death toll has risen to six after four more deaths were announced yesterday (Image: GETTY)

There is also a focus on protecting those who are both elderly and have pre-existing health conditions as they are at greatest risk.

The tweet said: ”To increase your chances of staying healthy, avoid crowded settings if possible.”

“Especially if you are over 60, or have other chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.”

There’s particular concern about the spread of the virus in nursing homes.

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Researchers fear the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in Washington state (Image: GETTY)

On Sunday evening officials announced that more confirmed cases of the illness have emerged in Washington State.

Officials also announced three other confirmed coronavirus cases in the county are all at Evergreen Health after contracting the disease at a retirement home.

This includes a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s.

All three were said to be in critical condition.

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There’s particular concern about the spread of the virus in nursing homes (Image: GETTY)

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Three people were sent to Evergreen Health after contracting the disease at a retirement home over the weekend (Image: GETTY)

All four new cases were residents of a nursing facility in Kirkland where two other people — a resident and a worker — had previously tested positive.

The county had previously reported two other patients, unrelated to the nursing facility, who were in critical condition at hospitals in the Renton and Seattle areas.

As of Sunday night, a worrying total of 87 cases of coronavirus had been identified in the United States.

The first US case was announced on Jan. 21.

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How Contagious is the coronavirus? (Image: GETTY)

However, this weekend saw a worrying increase in the pace of diagnoses.

A total of twenty-two U.S. cases were announced on Saturday and Sunday, including the country’s first two deaths, both in Washington State.

The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in China back in December.

More than 3,000 people have died globally and over 88,000 have been infected.

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Three were said to be in critical condition over the weekend (Image: GETTY)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

In mainland China, more than 79,800 cases of the virus and over 2,800 deaths have been recorded.

There are more than 8,000 confirmed cases of the virus in over 60 countries and territories outside mainland China.

Over 700 of those cases are linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Published at Tue, 03 Mar 2020 00:37:00 +0000