Coronavirus has devastated an entire family after killing three members, with four more diagnosed and a further 20 in isolation.
Grace Fusco, 73, passed away on Wednesday night just hours after her son Carmine and five days after daughter Rita, a family member told The New York Times.
Tragically Grace, a 73-year-old Italian-American grandmother who was a mother of 11 and grandmother of 27, was unaware of the deaths of her two eldest children when she passed.
Her cousin and family's lawyer, Roseann Paradiso Fodera, told the NY Times, that neither of them had any underlying health conditions.
She also said Grace was “gravely ill” and breathing with help from a ventilator before she died.
Confirmed cases of the new coronavirus have topped 200,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Grace's eldest daughter, 55-year-old Rita Fusco-Jackson died Friday, but the family didn't know of her coronavirus diagnosis until after her death, according to Roseann.
Four other children of Grace's are being treated in hospital for the coronavirus, and three of them are now in critical condition.
Nearly 20 additional relatives are self-quarantined at their homes.
Roseann said: “If they’re not on a respirator, they’re quarantined.
“It is so pitiful. They can’t even mourn the way you would.”
The family members are believed to have gotten the virus at a recent gathering.
New Jersey's health commissioner, Judith M. Persichilli, said at a Sunday press conference: “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to take personal responsibility and to avoid even small gatherings."
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