A 61-year-old man has died from pneumonia in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in an outbreak of a yet to be identified virus while seven others are in critical condition.This is according to the Wuhan health authorities on Saturday.
The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission also said that a total of 41 people have been diagnosed with the pathogen, which preliminary lab tests confirms to be a a new type of coronavirus
2 out of the 41 persons of have been discharged from hospital and the rest are in stable condition, while 739 people deemed to have been in close contact with the patients have been cleared, it said.
The first victim of the outbreak that began in December, was a regular buyer at the seafood market, who had been previously diagnosed with abdominal tumors and chronic liver disease, the health authority said.
Treatments did not improve his symptoms after he was admitted to hospital and he died on the evening of Jan. 9 when his heart failed.