The Philippines has reported a death from coronavirus — the first confirmed fatality from the illness outside of China. At least two of the people evacuated by Germany were infected with the virus.
A 44-year-old Chinese man died in the Philippines on Sunday due to complications from the coronavirus, according to the Philippines’ Department of Health.
“This is the first reported death outside China,” World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines’ representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe told reporters in Manila.
Philippine officials said the man was from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus in China, and had arrived in the Philippines on January 21.
He was hospitalized in Manila and isolated on January 25 after experiencing fever, cough and a sore throat. He eventually developed severe pneumonia and died after a week in the hospital. Authorities said he was infected before arrival.
“I would like to emphasize that this is an imported case with no evidence of local transmission,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a press release.
A 38-year-old Chinese woman who had traveled to the Philippines with the man was also infected with the coronavirus and is being quarantined at the same hospital.