Two people die of coronavirus in Florida: Health department

Test tube with Coronavirus name label is seen in this illustration taken on January 29 2020 Reuters
Test tube with Coronavirus name label is seen in this illustration taken on January 29, 2020. (Reuters)

Two people who tested positive for the new coronavirus in Florida have died in the state, health officials said.

The Florida Department of Health said Friday evening that the two patients who died were in their 70s and had traveled overseas. One of them was a man with underlying health issues in Santa Rosa County, in Florida’s Panhandle, according to the statement.

It said the second death was that of an elderly person in the Fort Myers area.

Florida also raised on Friday the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the new virus strain, from four to seven.

Officials had previously announced five Florida residents who had been traveling in China have also been quarantined elsewhere after testing positive for the virus.

Florida authorities are announcing both people who have tested positive for the virus in the state as well as Florida residents who have tested positive elsewhere, and who may be part of other state tallies.

source: The Associated Press