Two people in China died of a coronavirus-related lung disease. According to the health commission of the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan, five people are still in mortal danger, and twelve others have recovered from the disease. Infected people were also reported from Thailand and Japan.
According to the Wuhan Health Commission, a 69-year-old man died in a hospital on Wednesday morning. The first death was announced last Saturday. A man with other serious health problems had died of complications from the condition.
Five of a total of 41 patients who had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus since the end of December are therefore still in critical condition. However, no new infections were found. 644 of 763 people put under medical observation after the outbreak were released.
Cases outside of China are also known for the first time
After the illnesses in Wuhan, the virus had been confirmed outside of China for the first time this week. The pathogen was detected in a Chinese woman in Thailand and a Chinese woman in Japan, both of whom were previously in Wuhan. The authorities in Thailand confirmed another case on Friday. The virus was also found in a 74-year-old woman from China. There are also suspected cases in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea, but these have not been confirmed.
The virus is thought to come from an animal market in the metropolis. So far, according to the World Health Agency, there is no clear evidence that the virus is transmitted from person to person. The new virus belongs to a family of pathogens, including the deadly Sars virus. In 2002 and 2003, almost 350 people in mainland China and almost 300 others in Hong Kong died of the Sars epidemic.
The Robert Koch Institute currently assesses the risk to the health of the population in Germany as very low.