Coronavirus infects seven members of a single family, killing four

A fourth member of a New Jersey family has died from coronavirus.

Vincent Fusco died Thursday morning (local time) at a hospital in Freehold in the US state, NJ.com reported. 

His death was confirmed by Roseann Paradiso Fodera, an attorney and relative. Fusco’s mother, Grace Fusco, died Wednesday night, hours after another son, Carmine Fusco, died in Pennsylvania.

A sister, Rita Fusco-Jackson, died last Friday. 

In her final hours, Grace Fusco wasn’t aware her two children had died, Paradiso Fodera told the newspaper.

Carmine Fusco died Wednesday at a hospital in northeastern Pennsylvania, where he lived. 

A sister confirmed his death, which was the first in Pennsylvania caused by the virus, to outlet the Morning Call of Allentown.

Carmine Fusco and Rita Fusco-Jackson, who were both in their 50s, were “the most wonderful brother and sister that anybody can have”, their sister Andriana Fusco told the newspaper.

“They were good people. I don’t know why this is happening. They didn’t deserve this, they’re too young,” she said.

Four members of the close-knit family have died from coronavirus with several more in hospital. Source: Facebook

Carmine Fusco trained horses that competed at harness racing tracks in the area. 

Andriana Fusco told The Morning Call that she disputed reports that the virus may have been spread through a family gathering attended by a person who’d had contact with 69-year-old John Brennan, a former harness racing trainer who worked for years at New York’s Yonkers Raceway.

Brennan lived in northern New Jersey and was the first person in the state to die because of the virus on March 10.

Andriana Fusco told the newspaper her brother Carmine hadn’t been in New Jersey in the past two weeks and that she hadn’t seen him since last month.

She also said other members of her family had been sickened by the virus.

The New York Times reported that four children from the family remain hospitalised, three in a critical condition.

Nearly 20 other relatives are quarantined at their homes, unable to mourn their deep collective loss together.

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