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First death outside China from the Wuhan virus, more cases in the United States

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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For the first time, a case of the Wuhan virus outside of mainland China has been reported fatal. The New York Times reports that a case in the Philippines has led to death. The overall death toll now rises past 300. The New York Times likewise reports that quarantine will expand in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the epicenter in China’s heart where the disease began. 

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Fox News reports that, in China, the virus spread has heaped a heavy burden on China’s healthcare system. China has deployed 1,400 military doctors to staff makeshift hospitals in Wuhan, citing Fox News. The defense ministry deployed its doctors on Sunday. This was upon the direct order of President Xi Jinping. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force was ordered to airlift 1,400 medical staff and 58 tons of medical supplies to Wuhan on Sunday. 

The death in the Philippines was the death of a male patient from Wuhan, China. He was aged 44. His death was reported on Sunday. He died on Saturday after developing what healthcare professionals have called “severe pneumonia.” 

The man arrived in the Philippines in the company of a 38-year-old woman. She is under current medical observation. Citing Fox News, the female patient is hospitalized in Manila. Citing the New York Times, the couple arrived in the Philippines on January 21. 

 

Healthcare observation, in this case, noted a rapid deterioration of the 44-year-old patient. Philippine’s health care secretary Francisco Duque III made these statements regarding the patient’s progression, 

“In his last few days, the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement. However, the condition of the patient deteriorated within his last 24 hours, resulting in his demise.”

These comments were quoted directly by The New York Times and all contributors to Wuhan virus updates live. 

Before the man succumbed, the Philippines was already banning travelers from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau into the Philippines. 

The Philippines is currently monitoring 23 people for coronavirus as they exhibit possible symptoms. 

The death toll now sits at 304 people. More than 2,000 new cases were recorded in China within the last 24 hours. The worldwide total now sits at 14,380. This number is subject to frequent, sudden change. 

The Wuhan virus also looks “increasingly like pandemic” citing The New York Times. 

Meanwhile, more cases are confirmed for the United States. An eighth case has been reported by CBS News in Massachusetts. The New York Times also reported that the U.S. officials are monitoring closely the first suspected case in New York, as of the last 24 hours. 

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Other countries are following the United States’ evacuation example. Al Jazeera reports that “scores” of Arab students are being evacuated from China in the wake of the epidemic. These include 54 Jordanian students and at least 71 Arabs. There were also seven Palestinian Arabs. In addition to these, there were students from Tunisia, Oman, Syria, and Bahrain evacuated. 

Some of the students attest that they escaped “the jaws of death,” perhaps recalling the outbreak of SARS in the Middle East, see the WHO account.

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