First coronavirus death reported outside China in Philippines; toll at 304

Henrietta Brewer
February 3, 2020

A second evacuation flight is set to carry U.S. citizens out of of Wuhan, a USA official with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

Outside China, cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in 23 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Italy and Germany.

The Philippine Health Department said a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, the city at the center of the crisis, was hospitalized January 25 with a fever, cough and sore throat and died after developing severe pneumonia.

More than 300 people have died in the outbreak so far, the vast majority from Hubei, and more than 14,000 people worldwide have been infected.

"This is the first reported death outside China", Rabindra Abeyasinghe, the World Health Organization representative to the Philippines, told reporters. And the city's top newspaper didn't make coronavirus a front-page story for weeks after the first cases were confirmed.

In spite of the widespread fear of the virus, health officials in Canada have said chances of contracting it in this country are exceptionally low. Mr. Leclerc said "advice and assistance" to permanent residents was being provided by consulate staff "to the extent possible in the local context".


CDC officials have not been invited into China, but are in neighbouring Kazakhstan to help guard against the spread of the virus, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday during a visit there.

"Spaces will be limited and not guaranteed, and will likely only be confirmed with very little notice".

For many Canadians, located farther from Wuhan, the drive may be complicated by heavy restrictions on public travel. After this step, funeral personnel take the remains and send them to the required facility and destroy them. The e-mail, viewed by The Globe and Mail, set the deadline for information at noon Monday UTC, or Universal Coordinated Time, which is 5 a.m. EST.

Canadian Megan Millward, who was visiting her in-laws at a small village in Hubei with her husband and two children, said that she was anxious by a shortage of medical help in the province as well as her family splitting up.

Japan has barred foreigners who have been in Hubei from entering the country.

China is building two hospitals with 2,600 beds in less than two weeks in Wuhan. His parents are Chinese residents, he said, who have a Canadian visitor's visa.


Trump appeared to downplay concerns about the impact in the United States of the flu-like virus that has killed 350 people in China and spread to more than two dozen countries, telling Fox television in an interview, "We're gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes".

Seven days ago, there were 46 deaths in mainland China. More citizens from the United Kingdom who were still in Wuhan were repatriated on Sunday (Feb 2).

The total number of deaths in China rose to 361 as of Sunday, up 57 from the previous day, the National Health Commission said. The current total of 325 may grow, give that there are 543 Canadians in Hubei who have voluntarily registered with the government as being overseas. Spahn said the two had been symptom-free when they left Wuhan and when they arrived in Frankfurt, and that they were "doing well at the moment" in quarantine at a Frankfurt hospital. The United States has quarantined 195 citizens from Wuhan at a California airbase.

He said Beijing has still not responded to USA offers of help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health professionals.

Henry Zhou, whose wife is at her parents' home in Hanchuan, about 50 kilometres from the Wuhan airport, said he had hoped she would get a Canadian escort.


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