February 2, 2020
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A man passed away in the Philippines after testing positive for coronavirus, with his death becoming the first lethal case of the outbreak outside China. The deceased recently came back from Wuhan, the center of the crisis.
The 44-year-old man died on Saturday after losing his battle with the deadly virus, that claimed the lives of 304 people in China. The man, a resident of Wuhan, was admitted to a local hospital after displaying flu-like symptoms such as cough and sore throat, The World Health Orgainzation said.
Dr Rabi Abeyasinghe, WHO Representative in the Philippines, has confirmed at a press briefing Saturday that the man’s demise was the first one caused by the coronavirus outside China.
“This is the first reported case outside of China. However, we need to keep in mind that he came from Wuhan, China.”
A 44-year-old male is confirmed as the second person with the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV) in the Philippines. He passed away on 1 February 2020. pic.twitter.com/5a5tPWtvpc
— World Health Organization Philippines (@WHOPhilippines) February 2, 2020
The man’s case was the second confirmed case of the virus in the Philippines, with first being his close contact who had also travelled from Wuhan.
The Philippines reported its first confirmed case of the virus – a 38-year-old Chinese woman – on Thursday. She arrived from Wuhan on January, 21.
At least the Philippines is willing to state the race of the dead.
We do not know if any single non-Chinese has been infected with this virus.