Coronavirus threat intensifies, claims the lives of more than 800 in China


China has said the death toll in the country has exceeded 800 people with the number of confirmed cases rising above 28,000 as the humanitarian impact from the outbreak continues to deepen. The statistics from the country’s National Health Commission, which track the virus’s progress through February 5, highlight how it continues to spread across the country even as China takes measures to stem its movement. In total, 563 people have died, up by 73 from the previous day. The bulk of the new deaths were reported in Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak. The number of confirmed cases increased by 3,694 to 28,018, the health authority reported.

A third person in the U.K. has tested positive for the coronavirus, England’s chief medical officer (CMO) said on Thursday.

The patient, who did not acquire the deadly pneumonia-like virus in the U.K., is being transferred to a specialist National Health Service (NHS) center, Chris Whitty of CMO England said in a statement.

“The NHS is well prepared to manage these cases and we are now working quickly to identify any contacts the patient has had,” he added.

A man in the Philippines has died from the Wuhan coronavirus — the first time a death has been reported outside mainland China since the outbreak began in December.

Philippines health officials announced Sunday that a 44-year-old Chinese man had died the day before from coronavirus after flying into the country from Wuhan, the Chinese city of 11 million at the center of the outbreak.

There are more than 14,300 confirmed cases around the world, and 305 people have died. All but one of the deaths have been in mainland China.

Within China, almost 60 million people remain on effective lockdown as the country battles to contain the virus amid reports its health system is on its knees, running out of beds and supplies.



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