US coronavirus death toll rises to 12

The death toll in the United States from the coronavirus has risen to 12 as King County in the state of Washington reported the latest death on Thursday, according to Reuters news agency.

Of the 12 US deaths, 11 are in Washington state and one in California.

Across the US, there are now at least 129 cases confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of March 5. Other news reports say the number of cases has already reached at least 225.

Globally, more than 95,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease, the vast majority in China, with 3,015 deaths in China and 267 deaths across the globe, many in Italy and Iran.

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