China reports H5N1 bird flu in Hunan amid coronavirus crisis
The first death of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has been reported in the Philippines, as a 44-year-old man succumbed to complications on Jan. 31, increasing the confirmed cases in the country to two. The man’s wife was the first confirmed case. The couple was from Wuhan City and traveled to the Philippines on Jan. 21, visiting Manila, Cebu, and Dumaguete cities.
The health officials reported that the man has shown good response to treatment and has been stable for over five days since admission. However, in the last 24 hours, his condition suddenly deteriorated, causing his death.
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) and authorities are tracking the passengers in the flight where the couple boarded in their trips. Residents in the country started to clear out shelves of surgical masks as a precautionary measure to prevent contracting the virus.
“The new developments warrant a more diligent approach in containing the threats of the 2019-nCoV. The Department of Health is continuously improving and scaling up its public health measures and reminds the public to remain calm and vigilant," Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said. China still fighting the deadly virus
The two hospital buildings the country started to build have been finished within the 10-day goal. The two hospitals will cater exclusively to emergency centers for coronavirus patients. The hospitals have 1,000 beds capacity. The Huoshenshan Hospital will be manned by 1,400 medical staff from the armed forces.
As of writing, the latest death toll rises to 371, with 17,205 confirmed cases of the infection, 21,558 suspected cases and 152,700 people "under medical watch". All the deaths but one occurred in mainland China.
Meanwhile, Thailand doctors said they have successfully treated one coronavirus patient with a combination of antiviral drugs. The 71-year-old patient has been treated with a combination of drugs used in flu and HIV treatments. The patient’s condition has markedly improved in just two days, with the result of the coronavirus test turning negative within 48 hours.
Beijing hospitals reported using the same drugs, which are used in patients with HIV and AIDS, but it’s unclear if the combination has been successful. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that there is no currently proven and approved effective medicines to treat the coronavirus.
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