WHO confirms first victim of coronavirus in the Philippines, the first outside China


The newly identified coronavirus claimed its first victim outside China. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the man was a 44-year-old Chinese national in the Philippines.

The man displayed flu-like symptoms such as cough and sore throat and was admitted to a hospital. He died on Saturday after losing his battle with the deadly virus, that claimed the lives of 304 people in China.

“This is the first reported case outside of China. However, we need to keep in mind that he came from Wuhan, China,” Dr. Rabi Abeyasinghe, a World Health Organization representative in the Philippines said in a statement on Twitter.

In a Sunday briefing, officials in the Philippines said the man had “mixed pathogens” in his system, including “Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza type b,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually infect animals but can sometimes evolve and spread to humans. Symptoms in humans include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, which can progress to pneumonia.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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