US Confirms First Coronavirus Victim

Headline Roundup February 29th, 2020

U.S. officials confirmed that a man from Washington state had died of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, marking the first such casualty of COVID-19 in the country. President Donald Trump and his top health advisers responded by urging calm and announcing a series of travel restrictions during a press conference in Washington D.C.

US Confirms First Coronavirus Victim

From the Center
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A person in Washington state has died of the new coronavirus, President Trump confirmed Saturday. The fatality marks the first reported death from the virus in the United States.

The patient who died was a man in his 50s with underlying medical conditions, according to Washington state health officials.

Also at the press conference, Vice President Pence, who has been put in charge of the country's coronavirus response, announced that the U.S. would elevate an advisory to Americans to not travel to highly affected parts of Italy and South Korea....

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From the Left
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President Donald Trump preached calm on Saturday after the first U.S. death from coronavirus was confirmed in Washington state and the government ratcheted up travel warnings for several countries where the virus is spreading.

The president, flanked by his top health officials, said that Americans should not be alarmed by the latest news. "If you are healthy, you will probably go through a process and you'll be fine," he said. Fifteen people have recovered from the virus, he added.

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From the Right
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President Trump misidentified the nation’s first coronavirus fatality as a “wonderful woman” on Saturday — the victim, in fact, was a man who became ill while in a long-term care facility in Kirkland, Washington, officials said.

The patient, who died overnight Friday, was a man with “an underlying health condition,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, a public health officer for Seattle and King County, told reporters in an afternoon news conference.

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