Coronavirus death toll rises to 7 in Washington state

Officials also announced three other confirmed coronavirus cases in the county are all at Evergreen Health after contracting the disease at a retirement home.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms the number of confirmed cases will rise because it's expanded and more vigorous testing will uncover more patients.

Travellers from countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks who arrive in Guangdong Province, an economic and export powerhouse in the south, must undergo a 14 day quarantine - state media reported on Tuesday. All four were from the LifeCare nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington, where health officials said 50 people are sick and being tested for the virus. Since February 23, the deaths have multiplied at an alarming rate in Iran and Italy and to an extent in South Korea.

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It said: "Given the potential impacts of Covid-19 on global growth, we reaffirm our commitment to use all appropriate policy tools to achieve strong, sustainable growth and safeguard against downside risks".

There is now no treatment for the respiratory disease, although patients can receive supportive care. All six deaths have occurred at EvergreenHealth Medical Center, a hospital in Kirkland. The CDC will confirm the tests sent by states with their own diagnostics.

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"I would like to have a goal of 1,000-tests-per-day capacity within one week because, again, the more testing, the better", Cuomo said at a briefing on Monday. A team of scientists in Washington said the state's two deaths might be the tip of an iceberg. Each kit should enable a lab to run about 500 tests, he said. Flattening the epidemic curve, as that phenomenon is called, helps health care systems continue to function. "We are particularly concerned about these people, given the growing number of cases in the United States, as well as those with suspected community spread". A "hiccup" which meant faulty test kits led to the increase in cases to nearly 100 in the USA has now been put right, according to officials, as efforts to contain the virus has been ramped up.

Eight Chinese nationals who worked in the same restaurant in Italy's northern Lombardy region have tested positive for the virus in eastern Zhejiang province, according to the local government.

"The people across my state are really scared". The person is an adult who lives with the first OR resident that tested positive and does not need medical attention, the authority said. "It's unacceptable that people in my state can't even get an answer as to whether or not they are infected".

Schools across Washington state have been closed after six people died from coronavirus. The school said it would conduct online classes through March 27. "We are taking this situation extremely seriously".

However, he also said the vast majority of diagnosed patients have mild to moderate symptoms and do not need hospitalization. But the crisis seemed to shift westward, with alarmingly fast-growing clusters of infections and deaths in South Korea, Iran and Italy.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected over 89,000 people, and killed more than 3,000, about 90% of whom are in China.

  • Sonia Alvarado