March 19, 2020 / 11:11 PM / 20 days ago

Washington state reports eight new coronavirus deaths

A woman wearing a mask walks by blooming cherry trees during a global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

(Reuters) - Washington state on Thursday reported eight more deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the death toll there to 74, the most of any U.S. state.

The majority of those deaths have come in the Seattle area, clustered around a long-term nursing care facility in the suburb of Kirkland where the respiratory illness first surfaced in the United States.

Washington state has confirmed more than 1,300 cases of COVID-19 statewide, prompting Governor Jay Inslee to sign legislation this week approving $200 million (£173.12 million) in emergency funds intended to slow the spread of the disease

At least 199 people have died from coronavirus in the United States, where the number of confirmed cases has surged past 12,000.

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Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler and Grant McCool

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