Date :4/6/03 1:54:42 PM
  No.: 13
llll bbbb SPA-13 -general / Finnish man in Beijing dies of SARS; China reports fouradditional deaths

Beijing, Apr 6, SPA -- A Finnish man died Sunday in Beijing of severe acute respiratory syndrome, becoming the first foreign fatality in China from the disease, the Health Ministry said. It said five more Chinese people also had died, raising the mainland China's death toll to 52. Pekka Aro, 53, showed symptoms of the flu-like disease after flying to Beijing from Thailand on March 23, said Liu Peilong, head of the Health Ministry's Department for International Cooperation. Liu said he was sent to Beijing's Ditan Hospital on April 2, where hedied early Sunday. Aro worked for the International Labor Organization, Liu saidat news conference.

Liu said the newest Chinese victims had died since Wednesday, but he didn't give any other details about them. He didn't say where they died, but said most of China's SARS cases were in the southern province of Guangdong. A second foreigner, a Canadian, is hospitalized in Beijing with SARS, Liu said. He didn't give any details about the patient's identity or condition, or say whetherthe person was a resident of Beijing.--more 1351 Local Time 1051 GMT

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