The first American has died of the coronavirus, succumbing to the deadly infection in mainland China on Thursday, The New York Times reported Friday — which was also the deadliest day of the outbreak so far.
A total of 86 people died of the virus Friday, all of them in China, according to the latest health statistics.
Little data has been released about the American, other than that he or she was around 60 years old, the US Embassy in Beijing told The Times.
“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss,” a spokesman for the embassy told the paper.
“Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have no further comment.”