Beijing - The coronavirus 2019-nCoV epidemic took the life of the two foreigners in China, a citizen from the United States and another from Japan, who resided in Wuhan (central China) and are the first foreigners to die of the disease.
The US Embassy in Beijing reported that a 60-year-old American died Thursday in that city, without offering other details.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan confirmed the death this Saturday of a Japanese man of that same age who contracted pneumonia, was hospitalized in Wuhan on January 16 and preliminary exams tested positive for the pathogen 2019-nCoV.
According to the latest official report, the epidemic has claimed the lives of at least 723 people and infected another 34 thousand 598 since its appearance at the beginning of last December.
There are other 270 cases in countries of Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Oceania mostly among Chinese travelers from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.The Philippines reported one death.
According to the Foreign Ministry of Beijing, about twenty foreigners were infected, two were discharged and the rest remain in quarantine in stable condition.
The epidemic has forced governments to issue the state of health emergency in China and the World Health Organization has declared it a danger to public health.
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