An American has died from the new coronavirus in China in what appears to be the first death of a foreign person from the outbreak
The United States citizen was infected from the coronavirus at the epicentre of the epidemic in China.
The person died on Thursday, according to a report in The New York Times today, 8 February.
The US embassy in Beijing said that the citizen was 60-year-old.
"We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss. Out of respect for the family's privacy, we have no further comment," the embassy said in a statement, as reported by Bloomberg.
The US citizen who died of the infection is said to be a woman
According to Bloomberg, the woman had underlying health conditions.
Other than that, there are no other details that were immediately available about the victim.
A Japanese man has also died in a hospital in Wuhan
The Japanese man, also in his 60s, was hospitalised with pneumonia.
While he was suspected of having been infected with the coronavirus, due to difficulties in diagnosing the disease, the cause of death was given as viral pneumonia, Japan's Foreign Ministry said today.
If his infection is confirmed, the man would be the first Japanese victim of the outbreak.
The coronavirus has also killed two Chinese nationals outside mainland China with one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines
The man who died in Hong Kong was 39-year-old. He lived in Whampoa Garden.
The man who died in the Philippines was from Wuhan. He died last Saturday at a state-run hospital in the capital Manila. He was infected before arriving in the Philippines.
As of today, 8 February, the number of reported deaths from the outbreak has risen to 724.
As of this writing, the total number of confirmed infection cases across China and in over 25 countries around the world has now reached more than 34,890.
Of those infected, a total of 2,140 have recovered, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins.
A 34-year-old doctor in China who had raised the alarm about the novel coronavirus back in December 2019 has died of the infection. He worked as an ophthalmologist at the Wuhan Central Hospital: