The 89-year-old man developed symptoms on Jan 13 and was admitted to hospital five days later after he experienced severe breathing difficulties, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said in a statement yesterday.
He died on Jan 19.
The commission said the patient also had underlying health diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
In a separate statement posted on its official Weibo account, the commission said 15 medical workers in the city had been diagnosed with pneumonia with one other suspected case.
Of the infected staff, one was in critical condition, it added.
Wuhan has designated nine hospitals for pneumonia treatment and 61 fever clinics to tackle the spread.
The city’s health commission published a list of the hospitals and clinics on its website.
A medical expert team has been set up, with 25 members from 10 provincial and municipal hospitals, according to the health commission.
On Monday, a high-level expert team of China’s National Health Commission confirmed people-to-
people transmission of the novel coronavirus and infections among medical staff.
Zhong Nanshan, a renowned respiratory expert and head of the team, said two cases in Guangdong province were confirmed to be people-to-people transmission. — Xinhua/China Daily/ANN