Coronavirus: HK confirms first death, a 39-year-old man

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A 39-year-old man has become the first to die in Hong Kong after being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.

The patient, who was being treated for the virus at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung, died on Tuesday morning after his condition deteriorated, the Hospital Authority has confirmed. He had suffered sudden heart failure, according to medical sources.

The Whampoa Garden resident was previously identified as Hong Kong’s 13th confirmed case of the novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan. His death is the second fatality linked with the outbreak that has been reported outside mainland China.

He had been to Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, on January 21 and returned to Hong Kong two days later via the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, before developing a fever on January 31.

A 39-year-old man is being reported as the first person in Hong Kong to die of the Wuhan coronavirus. (Screengrab via YouTube/iCable).

A 39-year-old man is being reported as the first person in Hong Kong to die of the Wuhan coronavirus. (Screengrab via YouTube/iCable).

The man was admitted to Queen Elisabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei on the same day, where he was confirmed to be infected before his transfer to an isolation ward at Princess Margaret Hospital.

He had underlying health issues, according to information previously disclosed by the Centre for Health Protection.

The deceased man had lived in block 1, site 11 of Whampoa Garden in Hung Hom with his mother, the government had revealed earlier.

She was confirmed on February 2 as Hong Kong’s 15th case, but did not have a recent history of travel. The 72-year-old was believed to have caught the virus from close contact with her son, health officials said earlier.

The Hospital Authority confirmed at about 10.30am on Tuesday the man had died in Princess Margaret Hospital after his condition deteriorated.

More details would be revealed in a joint press conference held by the authority and the Centre for Health Protection at 4.30pm, a spokesman added.

Health authorities have confirmed 15 cases of the coronavirus in Hong Kong. More than 20,600 people have been been infected across the world with the death toll in its hundreds.

The death of the Hong Kong patient was only the second reported outside mainland China, after the Philippines announced a fatality over the weekend.



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