The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. has now climbed to six as President Donald Trump called for drugmakers to speed up the development of a vaccine despite the top infectious disease official in the country warning it won’t be ready for at least a year.
Health officials in Washington state announced on Monday that four people had died in the Seattle area in addition to the two other patients in that same area who died over the weekend.
Five of the six deaths have been linked to the LifeCare long-term aged care facility in Kirkland in King County. The sixth victim was from nearby Snohomish county. Officials say at least four of the six people who have died were elderly and/or had underlying health conditions.
News of the additional deaths came after Dr Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told NBC News on Monday that the disease had likely reached ‘pandemic proportions’ as 100 cases were confirmed across the U.S.