Death Toll Reaches 14, With New Cases in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland, Texas


The COVID-19 virus death toll in the U.S. has climbed to 14, as of Friday morning, with the number of deaths in Washington state reported to be at 13 and a death reported in California. New patients were diagnosed in Colorado, Maryland, Texas, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

There are at least 233 confirmed cases in the U.S. to date, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. At least 46 of these cases are Americans who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Princess Cruises ship was quarantined in Japan last month after a passenger from Hong Kong was diagnosed. American evacuees from the ship who tested positive were taken to a hospital near the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.

The virus was first reported in China’s Wuhan city in the Hubei province. It has infected at least 100,000 people globally, including 3,411 deaths and 55,753 recoveries, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The majority of the cases have been reported in mainland China, which has 80,573 cases and at least 2,931 deaths.