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Death toll from novel coronavirus in US rises to six, officials say

Not less that six people have died in Washington state as the United States grapples with more than 100 cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Four of the people who died were residents at the Life Care Center nursing care facility in Kirkland, in suburban Seattle, King County health officer Jeffrey Duchin said Monday. Four other coronavirus cases are also linked to the Life Care Center.

"Current residents and associates continue to be monitored closely, specifically for an elevated temperature, cough and/or shortness of breath," officials said in a statement on the Life Care website.

"Any resident displaying these symptoms is placed in isolation. Associates are screened prior to beginning work and upon leaving."

So far, every death from novel coronavirus in the United States has been in Washington state.

A recent surge of cases nationwide has prompted new travel restrictions, school closures and emergency declarations.

Currently, there are not less than 102 cases reported nationwide, according to the federal and state health officials.


More countries around the world reported their first cases of the disease on Monday.

Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Tunisia reported their first confirmed coronavirus cases, while the death toll in Iran rose to 66 - the highest outside China.

The Czech Republic, Scotland, and the Dominican Republic also confirmed their first cases.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority nation, also announced its first patients.

More than 89,000 people across more that 59 countries have now been diagnosed with the infection, while the death toll globally has exceeded 3,000.

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