United States Confirms Second Death of Coronavirus victim, Pence Defend Trump’s Administration
In the United States, a man in his 70s with underlying conditions died on Saturday, health officials said Sunday, as New York reported its first case in a woman who had visited Iran.
It is the second death in both Washington state and King County.
The first victim was one of a handful with no known links to global hot zones to have contracted the virus — indicating that the pathogen was now likely spreading in communities.
Vice President Mike Pence and Health Secretary Alex Azar defended the administration’s handling of the virus, while seeking to reassure Americans and promising to make up for shortfalls in virus testing kits.
“We could have more sad news, but the American people should know the risk to the average American remains low,” Pence told CNN.
“We will see more cases,” Azar said. “But it’s important to remember, for the vast majority of individuals who contract the novel coronavirus, they will experience mild to moderate symptoms.”