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Marine in Virginia confirmed to have coronavirus after returning from overseas

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Officials in Virginia announced on Sunday the state’s second presumptive case of coronavirus.

A resident of Fairfax is a “presumptive positive” for the virus that has sickened thousands worldwide, NBC 4 of Washington is reporting.

The first case out of the state was a U.S. Marine at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia.

U.S. Marine assigned to Fort Belvoir, Va., tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Department of Defense.

The service member, who recently returned from overseas where he was on official business, is being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, said a statement issued Saturday evening.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been briefed on the situation and the White House has been notified, the statement said.

Further information was not immediately available.

The new patient is in their 80s and had traveled on a Nile River cruise, reports indicate.

It was a similar cruise as three people in Montgomery County, Maryland, had been on, becoming the Washington, D.C. area’s first cases last week, NBC 4 reports.

This makes the seventh case of coronavirus in the Washington, D.C. area.

According to reports, the new patient began developing respiratory symptoms Feb. 28 and was hospitalized in stable condition on Thursday.

This announcement comes the day after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced two more presumptive cases of coronavirus in Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia, bringing the state’s total cases to four.

The global death toll has risen past 3,400, but more people have now recovered from the virus than are sickened by it, according to The Associated Press.

As of Saturday, nearly 90,000 cases have been reported in Asia; more than 8,000 in Europe; 6,000 in the Mideast; about 450 in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and fewer than 50 cases reported so far in Africa.

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