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  • Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Now at 362 All In China Except For 1 In PH

    The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed in more than 23 countries outside China.
    by Rachel Perez .
Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Now at 362 All In China Except For 1 In PH
  • The death toll in the Philippines due to 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continues to be one, according to the latest coronavirus tracker of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), as of yesterday, February 2, 2020. As of this writing, it is the only known death outside of China so far.

    DOH confirmed the patient, a 44-year-old male, died last February 1, 2020. During the patient’s hospital admission, he developed severe pneumonia due to viral and bacterial infections. He was admitted last January 25, 2020, after experiencing fever, cough, and sore throat. In his last few days, the patient was stable and showed signs of improvement, but his condition deteriorated within his last 24 hours.

    No evidence of community spread from 2019-nCoV death

    Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III emphasized there is no evidence of local transmission. “There are no reports of community spread of the 2019-nCoV, a shorthand for the novel coronavirus, within the country. However, the public is still reminded to practice prevention measures such as proper hand hygiene and observance of cough etiquette,” he stressed.

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    The patient who died was one of the two confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in the country. The other one was a 38-year-old Chinese female, his companion, who was the first confirmed case. They were both admitted for isolation and supportive treatment at San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

    Both patients are from Wuhan, China, and arrived in the Philippines via Hong Kong last January 21, 2020.

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    Confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in the Philippines

    DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau (EB) is also currently conducting contact tracing of passengers aboard the flights of the two confirmed 2019-nCoV cases. EB has secured the manifests of the flights and is in close coordination with the concerned airlines. Contact tracing activities are ongoing in Cebu and Dumaguete, and in other places where the patients stayed and traveled to.

    There are now 52 patients under investigation (PUIs), as of February 2. The number of PUIs increased by 16 from the day before. The additional PUIs are located in Cagayan Valley (1), Central Luzon (10), and Western Visayas (1), Northern Mindanao (2), and Central Visayas (2).

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    Currently, only 39 PUIs are admitted and isolated in a hospital, and 10 have been discharged under strict monitoring.

    DOH and RITM announced via a press release that 24 PUIs already tested negative for the 2019-nCoV, while two tested positive. Samples from four other PUIs are currently being tested at RITM.

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    Confirmed 2019-nCoV cases worldwide

    The 2019-nCov was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. To date, it has infected 14,577 individuals globally, according to the latest situation report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    In CNN’s latest update, however, China's National Health Commission has confirmed 2,892 more cases as of the morning of February 3, 2020 (Manila time), which brings the total number of cases to over 17,205, with at least 362 people dead, all from China except the one in the Philippines.

    Confirmed cases in China include 15 in Hong Kong, 8 in Macau, and 10 in Taiwan. The virus has also been detected in 23 other countries. Below is a list of countries and their corresponding number of confirmed cases:

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    • Japan: 20
    • Thailand: 19
    • Singapore: 18
    • South Korea: 15
    • Australia: 12
    • Germany: 10
    • United States: 9
    • Malaysia: 8
    • Vietnam: 7
    • France: 6
    • United Arab Emirates (UAE): 5
    • Canada: 4
    • Philippines: 2
    • India: 2
    • Italy: 2
    • Russia: 2
    • United Kingdom (U.K.): 2
    • Cambodia: 1
    • Nepal: 1
    • Sri Lanka: 1
    • Finland: 1
    • Spain: 1
    • Sweden: 1

    Along with other countries, the Philippines has already implemented a temporary travel ban for travelers coming from mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong. Health Secretary Duque also assured that all measures needed to contain the spread of the 2010-nCoV are being strictly implemented and followed.

    For updates on the Wuhan coronavirus, click here.

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