Philippines has first Covid death outside of China now has the highest cases in Southeast Asia-BBC


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A man in the Philippines has become the first person to die of the Wuhan coronavirus outside of China

Coronavirus: First death outside China reported in Philippines-BBC

A man has died of the coronavirus in the Philippines, the first confirmed fatality outside China.

The patient was a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, in Hubei province, where the virus was first detected.

He appeared to have been infected before arriving in the Philippines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

More than 300 people have died in the outbreak so far, the vast majority from Hubei. More than 14,000 people have been infected.

The US, Australia and an increasing number of other countries have barred the arrival of foreigners from China and are requiring their own citizens to be quarantined.



The Philippines Now Has the Most Number of COVID-19 Cases in Southeast Asia-MSN News

The Philippines now has the most number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, overtaking Malaysia for the unwanted top spot in the region. On Monday, April 13, the Department of Health announced that with the addition of 284 new cases, the total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 4,932, just shy of the 5,000 mark.

We currently have 242 full recoveries, but unlike other countries, the death toll is higher than the recovery number with 315 total deaths so far. Based on data from other Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines has the highest death-to-recovery ratio as one of only two countries where the number of deaths is larger than the number of recoveries. The only other country where this occurs is in Indonesia.

After the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia are the countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. 


Wuhan Institute of Virology

The Institute was founded in 1956 as the Wuhan Microbiology Laboratory under theChinese Academy of Sciences(CAS). In 1961, it became the South China Institute of Microbiology, and in 1962 was renamed Wuhan Microbiology Institute. In 1970, it became the Microbiology Institute of Hubei Province when the Hubei Commission of Science and Technology took over the administration. In June 1978, it was returned to the CAS and renamed Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In 2005, a group including researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology published research into the origin of the SARS coronavirus, finding that China's horseshoe bats are natural reservoirs of SARS-like coronaviruses.[12] Continuing this work over a period of years, researchers from the Institute sampled thousands of horseshoe bats in locations across China, isolating over 300 bat coronavirus sequences.

In 2015, an international team including two scientists from the Institute published successful research on whether a bat coronavirus could be made to infect HeLa. The team engineered a hybrid virus, combining a bat coronavirus with a SARS virus that had been adapted to grow in mice and mimic human disease. The hybrid virus was able to infect human cells.

In 2017, a team from the Institute announced that coronaviruses found in horseshoe bats at a cave in Yunnan contain all the genetic pieces of the SARS virus, and hypothesized that the direct progenitor of the human virus originated in this cave. The team, who spent five years sampling the bats in the cave, noted the presence of a village only a kilometer away, and warned of "the risk of spillover into people and emergence of a disease similar to SARS".


Coronavirus: China outbreak city Wuhan raises death toll by 50%-BBC

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated last year, has raised its official Covid-19 death toll by 50%, adding 1,290 fatalities.

Wuhan officials attributed the new figure to updated reporting and deaths outside hospitals. China has insisted there was no cover-up.

It has been accused of downplaying the severity of its virus outbreak.

Wuhan's 11 million residents spent months in strict lockdown conditions, which have only recently been eased.

The latest official figures bring the death toll in the city in China's central Hubei province to 3,869, increasing the national total to more than 4,600.

China has confirmed nearly 84,000 coronavirus infections, the seventh-highest globally, according to Johns Hopkins University data.


135 passengers arrived in Boracay from Wuhan, China

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Thursday said 135 passengers entered the Philippines from Chinese cental city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-Ncov).

The passengers entered the country through Royal Air Charter flight which left the city hours before the lockdown was imposed.

The flight which departed around 6 a.m. landed in Kalibo International Airport in Boracay island.

“May bumaba pa rin na galing Wuhan, so vigilant naman ang ating quarantine personnel sa airport,” CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonia told GMA News.

Apolonia said the passengers undergone thermal scanning before they were allowed to enter the country.

According to CAAP, there were six direct flights between Wuhan and Kalibo through Royal Air Charter and Pan Pacific Airline every week.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) stressed that the new strain of coronavirus has not reached the Philippines yet.


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