MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has reported its first death due to 2019-nCoV. This is also the first death outside of China. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Sunday, Feb. 2, that a 44-year-old Chinese male from Wuhan has died in the Philippines on Feb. 1. He is the second recorded 2019-nCoV case in the Philippines.
He was the companion of the first confirmed case, a 38-year-old woman. They both arrived in the Philippines from Hong Kong on January 21. The man was hospitalized after exhibiting the symptoms of 2019-nCoV: fever, cough and sore throat. This later developed into severe pneumonia. The woman, on the other hand, is no longer showing symptoms for the coronavirus, Department of Health Secretary Duque announced.
WHO representative in the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe emphasized, however, that the man did not locally acquire the virus. “This is the first reported death outside China, however, we need to take into mind it is not a locally acquired case. This patient is from the epicenter of this outbreak in Wuhan, China, where they have a very large number of deaths,” said Abeyasinghe.