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Washington state guv declares state of emergency after first Coronavirus death in US

Washington state guv declares state of emergency after first Coronavirus death in US

| @indiablooms | 01 Mar 2020, 03:01 am

Washington/Sputnik: Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, declared on Saturday a state of emergency across the state following the announcement of the first death from the coronavirus disease, dubbed COVID-19, in the United States.

" I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the above-noted situation, ... do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in all counties in the state of Washington, and direct the plans and procedures of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented. " the statement read.

The governor also directed state agencies and departments to " to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the outbreak."

Apart from one confirmed death, there are currently 15 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States from COVID-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Another 47 cases are among people repatriated to the US: three from China’s Wuhan, where the current coronavirus epidemic started in December, and 44 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

On a global scale, to date, the coronavirus disease has infected over 85,000 people, of whom 2,900 have died and nearly 40,000 have recovered.  

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