US confirms first death, in Washington state

Sunday, 01 March 2020 - 6:37

The US has reported its first death from the new coronavirus, in the north-west state of Washington.

Officials said the patient was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions.

President Donald Trump said more cases were "likely" but that the US was prepared for any circumstance.

Officials said they were expanding travel restrictions on Iran and urged Americans to avoid hard-hit parts of Italy and South Korea.