Medics prepare to transfer a patient on a stretcher to an ambulance at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 1, 2020.

6 dead of coronavirus in Seattle area

Six people in the Seattle area have died of illness caused by the new coronavirus, health officials said on Monday, as authorities across the United States scrambled to prepare for more infections, with the emphasis on ratcheting up the number of available test kits