China is no longer the only country facing coronavirus deaths. The Philippines reported on Sunday the first death outside China of a person infected with the new virus which has already killed more than 300 and has spread to many foreign countries. The victim is a 44-year-old Chinese man from the city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged, and is believed to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines.
WHO Representative in the Philippines Dr Rabi Abeyasinghe said: This is the first reported case outside of China. However, we need to keep in mind that he came from Wuhan, China. pic.twitter.com/0VH6PvLE42
– World Health Organization Philippines (@WHOPhilippines) February 2, 2020
Another case in the country
“We have to keep in mind that this is not a case that has been locally contaminated. This patient came from the epicenter of this epidemic, “said Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO representative in the Philippines. The man, who died in a hospital in Manila, arrived in the Philippines with a 38-year-old Chinese woman who also tested positive for the virus, said Secretary of State for Health Francisco Duque. This woman, recovering from a hospital in the capital, is the first case of coronavirus recorded in the Philippines.
The announcement of the death came shortly after the Philippines decided to stop accepting foreign travelers from China. The Philippine government has also advised its nationals not to travel to China, Hong Kong and Macao.