First Case Of Coronavirus Reported In Washington D.C. As Death Toll Rises

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The coronavirus continues to spread across the United States as health officials in Washington, D.C., and Connecticut confirmed their first cases of COVID-19.

The patient in Washington D.C. was identified as Rev. Timothy A. R. Cole. He sent an email to his parishioners at Christ Church Georgetown, telling them, "There is no need to panic."

"I want to assure you that I will be okay. I am receiving excellent care and am in good spirits under the circumstances. I will remain quarantined for the next 14 days as will the rest of my family," Cole wrote in the email, according to CNN.

There are at least 470 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. Globally, there are at least 107,500 cases in 95 different countries. At least 3,654 people have died, with 19 of the deaths happening in the U.S.

As the virus continues to spread, health officials are struggling to keep it contained. In Italy, where the number of infections more than doubled in the past week, authorities locked down 16 million people in the northern regions of the country. The move impacts about one-quarter of the Italian population, and officials said it will last until at least April 3. There are more than 5,800 confirmed cases in Italy and over 300 people have died.

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