China death toll spikes to 80, over 2,700 cases confirmed

China death toll spikes to 80, over 2,700 cases confirmed

China death toll spikes to 80, over 2,700 cases confirmed

Fayez called on the Jordanian community residing in China, particularly in Wuhan, to adhere to the precautionary instructions and guidelines issued by the Chinese authorities and to communicate with the Jordanian embassy in Beijing or the Health Ministry's emergency centre.

The government is in contact with the World Health Organisation to monitor the latest developments on the spread of the virus and its prevention and treatment protocols.

China said on Monday that the death toll from a deadly viral outbreak spiked to 80 as the hard-hit epicentre province of Hubei suffered 24 new fatalities, while total confirmed cases nationwide rose sharply to 2,744.

Wuhan, where the first cases of the disease were reported, was placed in quarantine last Thursday, along with four nearby cities, and there could be serious consequences for Renault, Honda and PSA Group, which all have large manufacturing plants there.

In China, the number of infected citizens has reached more than 2,000, with at least 76 lethal cases in Hubei province so far, with a doctor included among the deceased.

China now has more than 2,700 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the virus, with more than 460 patients in a critical condition, according to the government.

China announced it will extend the week-long Lunar New Year holiday by three days to February 2 and schools will return from their break later than usual.

She described the overall health risk in the USA from the virus as "low", adding that "at this time in the United States, "2019 novel coronavirus" is not spreading in our communities".

Hardest-hit has been Hubei's capital Wuhan, where the virus is suspected to have come from animals in a market selling a wide range of exotic wild game. Meanwhile, several popular tourist attractions, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing and Disney's mega-resort in Shanghai, have shut down for the time being.

Hundreds of millions of Chinese travel long distances to gather with family members for the holiday, a key concern for authorities struggling to corral the highly contagious pathogen.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough or chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.

"We expect to find more cases of novel coronavirus in the United States", Messonnier said.

Speaking at a press conference and wearing a face mask, Zhou said the city's medical staff were "very strained and tired".

"We want to be evacuated as soon as possible, because either the virus, the hunger or the fear will kill us", Mashal Jamalzai, a political science student from Afghanistan studying in Wuhan told AFP.

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