Hong Kong reports first coronavirus death: local media
Updated 12:32, 04-Feb-2020

China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Tuesday reported its first coronavirus death in the region, according to local media.

The 39-year-old man died Tuesday morning at Hong Kong's Princess Margaret Hospital from a sudden heart failure, local media quoted medical sources as saying.

By Monday, Hong Kong had confirmed 15 cases of the new coronavirus. He was the 13th patient.

The patient had traveled to Wuhan via high-speed rail on January 21 and returned to Hong Kong on January 23.

He visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was put in isolation ward after he suffered muscle pain and ran a fever after January 29.

The patient reportedly had a pre-existing illness and his 72-year-old mother also tested positive for the virus.