New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The death toll in China due to the deadly coronavirus reached a toll 722 deaths till Friday, while the confirmed cases suffering from the coronavirus rose to 34,546, Chinese health authorities announced on Saturday.


On Friday, 86 deaths were reported from 31 provincial-level regions of mainland China, while 3,339 cases were reported, the National Health Commission said today. Among the deaths, 81 are in Hubei province and its provincial capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, two in Heilongjiang, as well as one in Beijing, Henan and Gansu, the commission said.


By the end of Friday, 26 confirmed cases, including one death, have been reported in Hong Kong. While in Macao 10 cases were reported, Taiwan reported 16 cases, it said. Two deaths were reported outside China in Hong Kong and the Philippines.


A 60-year-old American became first US citizen to die from the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, the US embassy in Beijing announced on Saturday.


"We can confirm a 60-year-old US citizen diagnosed with coronavirus died at Jinyintian Hospital in Wuhan, China on February 6," the Embassy said in a statement, reported by news agency IANS, but did not identify the victim. It is the first reported death of an American from the disease outbreak. There are 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the US.


Meanwhile, 15 students from India’s Kerala who were stranded in Hubei province of China following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus have landed at the Cochin International Airport Limited and undergone a thermal screening for the infection, airport officials said on Saturday.


The students travelled to Bangkok from Kunming Airport and then took an Air Asia flight to reach here, they said. When the flight reached Kochi at 11 pm on Friday, they were directly taken to the Kalamassery Medical College Hospital in five sterilised ambulances.


The students have been admitted to an isolation ward of the hospital, and the relatives of the students were not allowed to meet them.

Posted By: Talib Khan