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The first American citizen to die from the epidemic is a Chinese professor

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As the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic spread in China, American citizens died of illness there. US media The New York Times reported on February 8 that the deceased was a 60-year-old woman, but the Washington Post quoted mainland media as saying that the deceased was a Chinese male professor Hong Ling who had US citizenship.

The New York Times reported on the 7th that according to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, a 60-year-old U.S. citizen died at Wuhan’s Jinyintan Hospital. The New York Times quoted two people familiar with the matter as saying that the deceased was a woman who had a potential illness.

The report also said that the U.S. Embassy said in a statement: “We extend our sincere condolences to the family members for the loss of their loved ones; for the respect of family members’ privacy, we will not elaborate further.”

The Washington Post reported that Chinese media reported that the deceased was a 53-year-old Chinese male Hong Ling, a geneticist who studies rare human diseases. After graduating from Wuhan University, Hongling went to study in the United States in 1987, received a Ph.D. in biology from The University of Arizona in 1994, and then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley as a postdoctoral research. jobs.

“Washington Post” quoted the surging news on Sina.com reported on the 8th that Hong Ling entered the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 1999, and has taught at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan since 2007, and has obtained A number of Chinese national awards, is a well-known professor. His colleagues told Surging News that they had also met Hong Ling on January 21.

The Washington Post reported that it is unclear why Hong Ling, who has US citizenship, could not leave Wuhan through the US State Department’s special evacuation plane. It may be that he is seriously ill and cannot leave the country.


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