Philippines records 1st Coronavirus death outside China




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The Philippines has reported the first death outside in the virus epidemic that has killed than 300 people and spread to 24 nations.

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

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

Where He Visited

The seminarian, Michael Nnadi found dead in Kadunaman and a 38-year-old Chinese also Wuhan, who authorities called companion, flew Hong Kong to the Philippines on January 21.

Health department authorities said the pair travelled to the central island of Cebu and then the city of Dumaguete, which is on a neighbouring island.

Cebu Pacific airline said it was working with health authorities to track down passengers from the two flights they took.

How He Died

Days after arriving in the Philippines the pair went to see a doctor with symptoms like cough and fever.

They were both admitted to hospital from January 25, she with a “mild cough” and he with pneumonia, the national health department said.

In recent days the man was stable and even showed signs of improvement, but condition rapidly declined over final 24 hours and he died in Manila.

Authorities did not say if he had pre-existing health problems, which has been the case for many of those the virus has killed in .
The is recovering in hospital.

When Infected

National health authorities said the had for the virus, the Philippines’ first confirmed case.

However, they did not offer any specific information about the man.

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

How Authorities Are Responding

Less than an hour before the death was announced, the Philippine government announced it was barring arrivals of foreigners travelling from mainland as well as Hong Kong and Macau.

The deceased man and the woman arrived on January 21, before some nations began to close their borders and tighten restrictions on Chinese arrivals.

At that , Chinese authorities had reported just over 300 cases and six deaths — the was on Sunday than 300 deaths and some 14,500 confirmed .

•AFP