China virus death toll rises to 259, infections surge

China virus death toll rises to 259, infections surge

China virus death toll rises to 259, infections surge

The World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency for Wuhan coronavirus Thursday.

People wearing protective facemasks leave the city commuter train station in Bangkok.

Some experts believe the virus is not as risky as the 2002-03 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome that killed almost 800 people, or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which has killed more than 700 people since 2012.

Nearly 12,000 cases have been confirmed and a small proportion of those - around 100 - occurred outside China. Most of the reported cases outside of China involved people who recently traveled there. In total, 774 people were killed by Sars.

As health officials and governments scramble to contain the outbreak, coronavirus is largely a mystery, but still a growing concern.

Since it first appeared in Wuhan, China, late previous year, a newly discovered coronavirus has sickened more than 9,800 people, killed at least 213, caused a run on face masks, and shut down travel throughout China.

American and Delta had previously reduced service to mainland China's largest cities, including Shanghai and Beijing but announced more drastic cuts in service following a new travel advisory Thursday from the State Department about the health risks of travel to China.

With public anger mounting in China, Wuhan's top official admitted late yesterday that authorities there had acted too slowly. "I've been constantly thinking that if I'd made the decision earlier to take the kind of strict controls we have in place now, the outcome would have been much better than now".

China's effective control of the epidemic situation safeguards global health.

How does this compare to Sars?

The health crisis has dented China's worldwide image, putting Chinese nationals in hard positions overseas, amid complaints of racism.

The new coronavirus emerged only last month.

South Korea confirmed its sixth case of the deadly novel coronavirus which emerged last month in the city of Wuhan in China
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As of Friday, the virus had infected around 10,000 people around the world. Although severe cases can cause pneumonia and death, there may be many cases of milder disease going undetected.

But economists have said the new coronavirus could have an even bigger impact on the world economy.

Major companies like Google and Tesla have shut down shops in China in wake of the disease.

China finally lurched into action last week, effectively quarantining whole cities in Hubei and tens of millions of people.

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The case concerned the husband of a previously diagnosed IL woman who had recently traveled to Wuhan.

China's anti-disease controls started with the January 23 suspension of plane, bus and train links to Wuhan, an industrial centre of 11 million people.

"We do not have evidence to suggest that the novel virus is circulating in the Bay Area, Santa Clara County or Northern California", she said. Officials are contacting individuals who may have come into contact with the man. Indonesia also sent a plane.

"Certainly it is not a gesture of goodwill", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on February 1.

Russian Federation said Friday that two Chinese citizens had tested positive in the country's first cases.

Filipinos who are from Wuhan could go home but they will be subjected to a mandatory quarantine for 14 days, which is believed to be the incubation period of the 2019-nCoV. The evacuees went into a two-week quarantine.

Vietnam suspended all China flights, effective immediately, as part of "strengthening measures" against the outbreak, its civil aviation authority said on Saturday.

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