1st Coronavirus Death Case Outside China Involves Chinese Man in the Philippines
CHINESE MAN – A 44-year-old man from China died in the Philippines due to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
The Philippines is one of the countries with a confirmed case of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The said disease is rampant now in Chine where it was first recorded.
Wuhan City in the province of Hubei in China is now under a lock-down. It is the epicenter of the 2019 novel coronavirus and it is where the disease was first recorded. At least 300 people died due to it.
The 2019 novel coronavirus or also known as nCoV is believed to have stemmed from the bat soup served in Wuhan City. Its symptoms include fever, breathing difficulties, and cough.
It was Thursday last week when the Department of Health (DOH) announced that one (1) patient in the Philippines who is under observation tested positive for coronavirus. The patient is a Chinese woman who reached the Philippines through Hong Kong.
The Chinese woman was from Wuhan City. She flew to Hong Kong and she and her male companion flew to Cebu from Hong Kong. It was in January 21 when they arrived in Cebu. They also went to Dumaguete where they took a flight going to Manila.
In January 25, the Chinese man and woman were admitted. Based on a report on Reuters, the condition of the 44-year-old man was stable and there were improvements. However, it quickly deteriorated in the last 24 hours before he died.
The man is the first death case outside the Philippines based on the report. DOH is now coordinating with the Chinese embassy regarding the remains of the man.
The health department assured that they will do all measures to prevent the virus from spreading. Cebu Pacific is already tracing and reaching out to the people in the same flights of the pair during their travel.