One of the 215 persons under investigation (PUIs) for possible novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection died on Thursday due to a cause other than the new pathogen, according to the Department of Health on Friday.
"The second PUI death which was confirmed yesterday is a case of pneumonia in a patient with underlying restrictive lung disease," DOH spokesperson Undersecretary Eric Domingo said at a press conference in Manila.
No other details have been disclosed.
The first case of PUI death was an immunocompromised 29-year-old Chinese national who succumbed to pneumonia and later on tested negative for novel coronavirus.
As of Friday, the DOH recorded a total of 215 PUIs including the three confirmed cases, the 57 who tested negative for nCoV, and 155 others who are still awaiting laboratory results.
In China, the virus already killed more than 600 and infected over 30,000 others. —NB, GMA News