Coronavirus kills its first victim outside China as toll grows

The man was one of two confirmed cases in the Philippines, the other being his 38-year-old female companion, authorities said. Both had arrived in the country on Jan. 21 after traveling through Hong Kong, they said.

Though hundreds of people have died from the coronavirus since the outbreak began in central China, all deaths had, until now, been in China itself. Some 150 people outside China have been sickened by the virus.

Both patients in the Philippines were being treated in isolation at a hospital in the capital of Manila, health authorities said. The man developed severe pneumonia due to viral and bacterial infection, the statement added, and while he had shown signs of improvement in recent days, his condition deteriorated rapidly in his final 24 hours.