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Coronavirus: HK reports 2nd death outside China

The semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong has reported its first death from the new coronavirus, the second outside mainland China.

Last week, the Philippines reported the world’s first fatality outside China, after a man, who had returned from Wuhan, died from the illness. Wuhan is the Chinese city at the epicenter of the outbreak.

 Tuesday’s reported death in Hong Kong has taken the toll to 427, including the casualty recorded in the Philippines.

Chinese authorities said the fatalities in mainland China rose by a record sixty-four from the previous day to 425, mostly in beleaguered Hubei province, whose capital is Wuhan.

Singapore reported six more cases, including four local transmissions, taking its tally of infections to twenty-four, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

Eleven infections have also been reported across the US.

Cases have been recorded in nearly twenty other countries worldwide, including Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, Malaysia, France and the UK.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the flu-like virus a global health emergency.

But experts have maintained that much is still unknown about the pathogen of the virus, including its mortality rate and transmission routes.

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