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Publish Date: 12:47 - 02 February 2020
Tehran 2 February _The public health emergency associated with the killer coronavirus that has already spread to over a dozen countries has raised global alarms, with the number of confirmed deaths inside China passing the 300 mark, and the first fatality from the outbreak outside China reported in the Philippines.

Coronavirus health scare: 300 plus dead; first fatality outside China confirmedTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Health authorities in China's central Province of Hubei, the epicenter of the epidemic, reported 45 new fatalities on Sunday.

There was also a significant increase in confirmed infections in the province where 1,921 new cases were recorded.

This brings the national total to more than 13,700, based on numbers previously issued by the government in Beijing.

The never-before-seen virus was first reported in December in a seafood and poultry market in the provincial capital of Wuhan,  with a population of 11 million people.

The infection began to spread quickly beyond the province and crossed the country’s borders soon, with cases being detected in the United States, Canada, Australia, and several south Asian countries.

First death outside China reported in Philippines

The Philippines reported its fist death outside China in the capital Manila on Sunday, according to Rabindra Abeyasinghe, the representative of World Health Organization (WHO) to the country.

Abeyasinghe noted that the case was a locally acquired case, since the patient had traveled to the Philippines from China's Wuhan, the hardest hit city, in January.

According to Philippines' Health Secretary Francisco Duque, the patient — a 44-year-old Chinese man — who died in a Manila hospital, arrived in the Philippines with a Chinese woman who was also diagnosed with the virus infection. She is recovering in hospital.

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