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Philippines Records First Coronavirus Death Outside China


The Philippines has reported the primary dying outdoors China within the virus epidemic that has killed greater than 300 folks and unfold to 24 nations.

The 44-year-old Chinese man who died within the Philippines was from Wuhan, the town that has been ground-zero for the epidemic.

Here is what we all know — and don’t know — about him:

Where He Visited

The man and a 38-year-old Chinese girl additionally from Wuhan, who authorities known as his companion, flew from Hong Kong to the Philippines on January 21.

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Health division authorities mentioned the pair travelled to the central island of Cebu after which the town of Dumaguete, which is on a neighbouring island.

Cebu Pacific airline mentioned it was working with well being authorities to trace down passengers from the 2 flights they took.

How He Died

Days after arriving within the Philippines the pair went to see a physician with signs like cough and fever.

They have been each admitted to hospital from January 25, she with a “mild cough” and he with pneumonia, the nationwide well being division mentioned.

In current days the person was steady and even confirmed indicators of enchancment, however his situation quickly declined over his remaining 24 hours and he died Saturday in Manila.

Authorities didn’t say if he had pre-existing well being issues, which has been the case for a lot of of these the virus has killed in China.

The girl is recovering in hospital.

When Infected

National well being authorities mentioned Thursday the girl had examined optimistic for the virus, the Philippines’ first confirmed case.

However, they didn’t provide any particular details about the person.

On Sunday the World Health Organization mentioned the deceased man was not “a locally acquired case” of an infection.

How Authorities Are Responding

Less than an hour earlier than the dying was introduced, the Philippine authorities introduced it was barring arrivals of foreigners travelling from mainland China in addition to Hong Kong and Macau.

The deceased man and the girl arrived on January 21, earlier than some nations started to shut their borders and tighten restrictions on Chinese arrivals.

At that point, Chinese authorities had reported simply over 300 circumstances and 6 deaths — the toll was on Sunday greater than 300 deaths and a few 14,500 confirmed infections.


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