Death toll rises to 304 in China's coronavirus outbreak

Death toll rises to 304 in China's coronavirus outbreak

Death toll rises to 304 in China's coronavirus outbreak

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of worldwide concern, but said global trade and travel restrictions are not needed.

In an unprecedented move, the epicenter of the outbreak Wuhan was locked down to curb the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, in China, authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province, Hubei, and tightened quarantine measures in the city of Huanggang that allow only one family member to venture out to buy supplies.

Philippine Airlines said it would cut the number of flights between Manila and Greater China by over 50 per cent. He passed away on Saturday, WHO announced Sunday. Canada lags other western countries, such as the United States and France, which have already repatriated their citizens.

India reported a second patient, another in Kerala state who has a history of travel to China, the country's health ministry said today on Twitter.

The epidemic has spread far and wide as huge numbers of Chinese travelled within and outside the country for the Lunar New Year holiday that started last week.

A growing number of countries are closing their borders to visitors from China, . the source of the virus and the country with by far the most cases. New Zealand also raised its travel advice for China to "Do not travel", the highest level.

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

One 22-year-old arriving at a Beijing train station from northeastern China said her family had urged her to delay her return. Apart from damaging China's global reputation, such steps could worsen a domestic economy already growing at its lowest rate in decades.

On Sunday, South Korea reported three more cases for a total of 15.

The crisis is just the latest to confront Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who has been beset by months of anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese city of Hong Kong, the re-election of Taiwan's pro-independence president and criticism over human rights violations in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. They include an evacuee, a Chinese relative of a man who tested positive and a man who returned from Wuhan.

Before the new coronavirus declared a global emergency Thursday by the WHO, there have been five global health emergencies since such declaration was formalized: swine flu (2009), polio (2014), Ebola (2014 then again in 2019), and Zika (2016).

- Anyone entering the USA who has been in China's Hubei province in the last two weeks will be subject to a two-week quarantine.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved a ban on the entry of all non-citizens from China. Chinese authorities state that Hubei province on Sunday reported 45 new fatalities.

But now, the metropolis of 11 million in Hubei province has become the face of a deadly coronavirus outbreak - a stigma the people of Wuhan increasingly find themselves unable to shake off.

Another 4,562 new suspected cases were reported on Saturday, said the commission.

According to the nation's Department of Health, there were now two confirmed cases of infection in the Philippines, including the deceased Chinese national.

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