Philippines reports first death outside of China



People buying protective masks at a medical supplies store in Manila on January 31, 2020.

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The Philippines confirmed that a man who tested positive for the new coronavirus died on Saturday.

The 44-year-old man was the second confirmed case in the Philippines. Officials said he had a fever, cough and sore throat before being admitted to the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

The man’s death comes amid an outbreak of a coronavirus stemming from Wuhan, China. Earlier Sunday, Chinese officials said the virus has claimed 304 lives and infected at least 14,380 in the country.

“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.”

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.

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