February 8 2020 9:37am

Coronavirus outbreak: Death toll rises to over 700 U.S. man becomes first non-Chinese fatality

The death toll of the coronavirus rose to 724 people on Saturday, nearing the 774 total deaths that occurred during the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s. It was also confirmed a 60-year-old U.S. man in China was the first non-Chinese death from the illness. Five British nationals were also reported to have diagnosed with the virus in France after staying at the same ski chalet in Savoie. Hong Kong officials also said on Saturday that 35 crew members and nine passengers of a quarantined cruise ship tested negative for the virus after showing signs of a fever and respiratory tract infection.

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