Coronavirus death toll in US mounts to 11

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Washington, Mar 5: As US sate of California confirmed its first death due to coronavirus, the death toll from the virus rose to 11.

"Placer County Public Health is reporting that a resident has died of COVID-19. The person, an elderly adult with underlying health conditions, was the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county and is now the first to die from the illness in California", Placer County said in a statement on Wednesday.

'We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient', said Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “While we have expected more cases, this death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that we never wanted to see. 'While most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, this tragic death underscores the urgent need for us to take extra steps to protect residents who are particularly vulnerable to developing more serious illness, including elderly persons and those with underlying health conditions.' The patient tested presumptively positive on Tuesday at a California lab and was likely exposed during international travel from Feb. 11-21 on a Princess cruise ship that departed from San Francisco to Mexico.

The patient was in isolation at Kaiser Permanente Roseville. Meanwhile, the Italian government is implementing enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As of 12noon March 3, passengers on U.S.-bound flights with a temperature 99.5 or higher are not being permitted to board. UNI