Wuhan Coronavirus: First Death Outside China Reported in the Philippines
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Wuhan Coronavirus: First Death Outside China Reported in the Philippines

By IndraStra Global News Team

Wuhan Coronavirus: First Death Outside China Reported in Philippines

Cover Image Attribute: The file photo of the Philippines' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III / Source: MANILA BULLETIN

On February 2, 2020, the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) revealed that a 44-year-old man had died in the Philippines from the newly identified strain of coronavirus, marking the first known death outside of China from the fast-spreading disease.

The 44-year-old Chinese male and his 38-year-old female companion were both admitted for isolation and supportive treatment at San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Both patients are from Wuhan, China and arrived in the Philippines via Hong Kong last January 21, 2020.

Over the course of the patient’s admission, he developed severe pneumonia due to viral and bacterial infections (S. pneumoniae and Influenza B). In his last few days, the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement, however, the condition of the patient deteriorated within his last 24 hours resulting in his demise.

The second confirmed (the female) case was admitted for pneumonia last January 25, 2020, after experiencing fever, cough, and sore throat.

According to Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, "The Philippine Government has already implemented a temporary travel ban for travelers coming from China, Macao, and Hong Kong. DOH is monitoring every development on the 2019-nCoV very closely and is taking proactive measures to contain the spread of this virus in our country. This health event is fast-evolving and fluid. We are continuously recalibrating our plans and efforts as the situation develops".

As of February 1, 2020, DOH has reported five (5) additional patients under investigation (PUIs), bringing the total recorded number of PUIs to thirty-six (36). Twenty-three (23) PUIs are currently admitted and isolated, while ten (10) have been discharged under strict monitoring. DOH also reported a total of two (2) confirmed cases with one (1) mortality. The previously-reported PUI mortality was found to be negative for 2019-nCoV.

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