The deceased patient was a Chinese man who traveled from the disease's Wuhan Province epicenter to the Philippines and developed severe pneumonia. He's among more than 300 killed by coronavirus, which has infected 14,000 and is spreading fast, surpassing the 2003 SARS outbreak, although the new respiratory contagion isn't as deadly. It has spread to at least 25 nations, which are increasingly imposing two-week quarantines on arrival from China and even cancelling flights from there.
What's China doing? In the worst-hit areas, it's confined residents to their homes and shut schools and businesses, raising fears of an economic toll.