Coronavirus kills three members of same family after ‘spreading at group dinner’

Coronavirus has ripped through one unfortunate family, killing two siblings and their mother.

Grace Fusco, 73, was sedated and hooked up to a ventilator when she died on Wednesday night at a hospital in the US town of Freehold, New Jersey, People Magazine reports.

She had 11 children, four of whom are still being treated for coronavirus in the same hospital. Three of them are reportedly in critical condition and on ventilators.

Mrs Fusco died without being told her two eldest children had already passed away after contracting the virus.

Her daughter Bridget Fusco Betlow, 52, says she's overwhelmed by the tragedy that has hit her family with such devastating speed and ruthlessness.

"I'm numb, I don't even know what to feel," she told the New York Post.

"My mother, brother and sister are all gone and we don't have any answers."

She says she didn't attend a large family dinner that was held at her mum's house on March 3, where one of her relatives may have unknowingly been carrying COVID-19 and spread it through the rest of the family.

"I'm in Indiana, I'm fine," she said.

"I haven't been to New Jersey and I can't be with my family now because they're all quarantined."

Nineteen of her relatives, including spouses and children, are currently waiting for test results for the coronavirus.

None of the Fuscos had any underlying medical conditions.

The surviving relatives want an autopsy performed on Rita Fusco Jackson, 56, who died on Friday, in the hopes of finding out why someone believed to be healthy succumbed to the coronavirus.

More than 8,700 cases have been reported in the US and the death toll is approaching 150.

The Trump administration has been strongly criticised for its slow approach to tackling the coronavirus. Just a few weeks ago President Donald Trump implied the pandemic was a "hoax" that his opponents were using to make him look bad.

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