First Coronavirus Death Outside China Reported, Report

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First Coronavirus Death Outside China Reported, Report
First Coronavirus Death Outside China Reported, Report

A man who tested positive for the new coronavirus died on Saturday in the Philippines.

The 44-year-old man was the second confirmed case in the country and the companion of the person in the first confirmed case, a 38-year-old woman, officials said. Both people are from Wuhan, China — the city at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak.

Officials said the 44-year-old man was admitted to the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on Jan. 25 after experiencing a fever, cough and sore throat. Officials said he developed a severe pneumonia due to viral and bacterial infections before stabilizing in his last few days. The man’s condition, however, deteriorated rapidly in his last 24 hours, officials said.

“This is the first reported case outside of China. However, we need to keep in mind that he came from Wuhan, China,” Dr. Rabi Abeyasinghe, a World Health Organization representative in the Philippines said in a statement on Twitter.

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