2 die from coronavirus in Florida, raising US death toll to 17

2 die from coronavirus in Florida, raising US death toll to 17
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Two residents have died of coronavirus in Florida, the state's department of health said late Friday, marking 17 in the country, APA reports citing abc News.

The Florida Department of Health announced three new cases, two in Broward County and one in Lee County. Officials said the person in Lee County died.

A second person died from a previously announced case in Santa Rosa County.

The two deaths in Florida are the first on the U.S.'s East Coast. The other 15 deaths were in Washington (14) and California (one).

The two people in Broward County, in South Florida, are both "isolated," officials said. Their conditions were not released.

Vice President Mike Pence announced in a press conference at the White House that 21 people on board the Grand Princess -- a cruise ship anchored off San Francisco -- have tested positive for coronavirus.

There were 46 people tested on the ship as they felt symptoms, with 19 crew members and two passengers testing positive.

Test kits were flown to the cruise ship on Thursday to test passengers, many of whom are especially at risk due to being in their 60s and 70s.

Dr. Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator for the White House, said a "comprehensive approach" would be taken to "make sure their health and welfare is addressed."

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