Philippines Confirms First Coronavirus Death Outside China

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A man has become the first to die from the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation in the Philippines confirmed on Sunday.

The Philippines on Sunday announced its first fatality from the new coronavirus outbreak, a Chinese man from Wuhan, the first known person to have died outside of China.

The Department of Health said there were now two confirmed infections in the Philippines, including the 44-year-old Chinese man, who died on Saturday.

The man developed severe pneumonia after being admitted to the hospital, the department said.

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The death is the first known instance of a person dying of the virus outside China, according to the World Health Organization.

The man, who died in a Manila hospital, arrived in the Philippines with a 38-year-old Chinese woman who had also tested positive for the virus, health secretary Francisco Duque said.

She was the Philippines’ first case of the virus and is recovering in hospital.

The news of the man’s death was released shortly after the Philippines announced it would immediately halt the arrivals of any foreign travellers from China.

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