A police officer takes the temperature of a driver at a checkpoint on a street on the outskirts of Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on January 27, 2020, amid a deadly virus outbreak which began in the city. Photo: AFP/Hector Retamal
MANILA, Feb 5 (MENA) - A 60-year-old Chinese woman has been confirmed as the country’s third case of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, CNN Philippines reported Wednesday, quoting the Department of Health.
The Chinese national arrived in Cebu City from Wuhan, China, via Hong Kong on January 20, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said in a briefing.
A couple who arrived in the country two weeks ago from Wuhan — the Chinese city at the epicenter of the 2019-nCoV outbreak — are the Philippines' first two confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus.
One of them, a 44-year-old Chinese man, who along with his partner visited Dumaguete, Cebu and Manila, died from health complications Saturday making him the first 2019-nCoV fatality outside of mainland China.
The second death outside the world’s most populous country was recorded in Hong Kong, one of China’s special administrative regions.
The global death toll from the 2019-nCoV was put at 491 as of Wednesday morning, with more than 24,000 cases of infection recorded in at least 28 countries and territories, including mainland China, according to the Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering that tracks coronavirus cases across the world.