Published: Tue, February 04, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China

Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China

In China, health authorities estimate more than 3,00 people have now been infected.

The Philippines has reported the first death related to coronavirus outside of China.

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) said the 44-year-old man and 38-year-old woman, both from the now locked-down Hubei Province city of Wuhan, arrived in the country together via Hong Kong on January 21.

The US confirmed its eighth case - a student at the Boston campus of the University of MA - while the Pentagon has said it will provide housing for people arriving from overseas who might need to be quarantined.

The new strain of coronavirus was reportedly first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, located in the Hubei province, in December 2019 and has since spread to more than 20 countries.

The rapid spread of the virus in two months prompted the World Health Organisation on Thursday to declare it a global emergency.

Considering the apprehensions over human to human spread of the virus and officials restrictions on public gatherings, the foreign ministry on Sunday announced that the briefings will be held online.

Passengers arrive at Sydney International Airport.

The WHO has declared the Wuhan coronavirus a public health emergency of worldwide concern.

Meanwhile, six officials in the Chinese city of Huanggang, neighbouring Wuhan, have been fired over "poor performance" in handling the outbreak, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

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The WHO said it was especially concerned that some cases overseas involved human-to-human transmission. One death was reported in the city, about 60 km (37 miles) east of Wuhan.

The country is facing mounting isolation as other countries introduce travel curbs, airlines suspend flights and governments evacuate their citizens, risking worsening a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

China has reported 304 deaths from the virus, more than 14 thousand - the vast majority in China - have been infected.

The U.S. total rose to 11 cases, mostly involving recent travel to Wuhan.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday that all travelers from mainland China allowed into Australia had to be quarantined for 14 days.

But countries began imposing drastic measures nearly immediately. The US, for instance, has labeled China a "do not travel" destination - the highest possible warning.

The new rules started Saturday - however if you're an Australian citizen, permanent resident or their immediate family, or an aircrew member who has been using appropriate protective equipment, you're exempt.

Both the new virus and SARS are from the coronavirus family, which also includes those that cause the common cold. Eight earlier cases in Germany were all linked to an auto parts factory. Four friends who were hospitalized with him have not shown symptoms.

Genetic traces of the coronavirus were found in the faeces of some patients, said the health authority of Shenzhen, one of the most populous cities in China.

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