NEW YORK, March 1 (EUROPE PRESS) –
Washington State governor Jay Inslee announced the emergency announcement this Sunday after finding the first coronavirus deceased in the United States.
“This is a time to take proactive, sensible measures to ensure the health and safety of Washington State people,” he said in a statement.
“The people of Washington can be sure that we have taken this threat seriously and, in collaboration with our health partners, have developed plans and procedures for a possible global pandemic.”
The victim was a neighbor of King County, said Jamie Nixon, a spokesman for the Washington Department of Health.
As of Saturday, 66 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the United States, including nine patients who have been cured and four “suspicious” cases that have been tested positive in a first test without a second confirmation.
The new corona virus comes from the city of Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei. The disease has killed more than 2,780 people in the Asian giant and has left more than 78,000 infected, according to recent estimates by the Chinese health authorities. There have been 2,869 deaths worldwide so far, with Iran being the second largest country with the most deaths.