Coronavirus: Toll rises to 908 in China as 97 more deaths reported

Coronavirus: Toll rises to 908 in China as 97 more deaths reported

Coronavirus: Toll rises to 908 in China as 97 more deaths reported

But WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there had been "concerning instances" of transmission from people who had not been to China.

The U.S. embassy in China confirmed on Saturday that a 60-year-old American man infected with coronavirus died at a hospital in Wuhan on Thursday.

South China Morning Post reported that the latest daily increase took the total number of confirmed deaths caused by the "novel coronavirus pneumonia" - officially named by China's National Health Commission (NHC) on Saturday - to 910.

Deadliest day: The 89 deaths in manland China on Saturday are the highest number in a single day since the crisis began in January.

By the end of Friday, 26 confirmed cases, including one death, have been reported in Hong Kong. The two deaths outside mainland China were in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Map of how the virus spread in China
Coronavirus Outbreak: US citizen dies in Wuhan due to deadly virus, death toll reaches 722

Major airlines have suspended flights to and from China and several countries have evacuated their citizens from Wuhan and the wider Hubei province in a bid to stop the spread of the infection.

An advance team of worldwide experts led by the World Health Organization (WHO) left for Beijing to help investigate China's coronavirus epidemic, which authorities said on Monday had now claimed 908 lives on the mainland.

136 sick on ship: Thousands of passengers stuck on The World Dream, one of the quarantined cruise ships in Asia, have been allowed to leave after tests for coronavirus came back negative, reports the BBC. Visitors are being told to isolate themselves in hotel rooms or government-run centres, while residents are required to stay in their homes.

A 60-year-old American became first USA citizen to die from the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, the United States embassy in Beijing announced on Saturday.

Although the spread of the virus outside China seems rather moderate, the World Health Organization chief warned it could accelerate. Their condition is not said to be serious.

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