Coronavirus Epidemic: Toll rises to 811 in China, surpasses SARS deaths worldwide; WHO says outbreak is ‘stabilising’
New Delhi | Jagran News desk: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus has climbed to 811 in China, while the confirmed cases jumped to over 37,000, said the country’s National Health Commission on Sunday.
The commission added that 89 deaths were reported on Saturday and there were 2,656 new confirmed cases of the deadly infection. “A total of 811 people have died of the disease so far and 37,198 confirmed cases have been reported in 31 provincial-level regions,” the commission said.
Here are the latest updates about the coronavirus outbreak:
* As many as 811 people have been killed due to the novel coronavirus, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic.
* The World Health Organisation (WHO), however, has said that the outbreak is ‘stabilising’. A team investigating the coronavirus, led by WHO head, will also leave for China on Monday or Tuesday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
* Ghebreyesus has also warned against misinformation, saying it made the work of healthcare staff harder. “We're not just battling the virus, we're also battling the trolls and conspiracy theorists that push misinformation and undermine the outbreak response,” he said.
* According to the Chinese Health Commission, more than 600 people recovered and walked out of the hospitals.
* However, another 3,916 new suspected cases were reported on Saturday, said the commission while adding that 6,188 patients remained in severe condition, and 28,942 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
* The commission said that 3,71,905 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 31,124 were discharged from medical observation Saturday, with 1,88,183 others still under medical observation.
* By the end of Saturday, 26 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), 10 in the Macao SAR and 17 in Taiwan. One patient in Macao and one in Taiwan have been discharged from hospital after recovery.
* China has also imposed quarantine and travel restrictions, affecting the movement of 56 million people in more than a dozen cities, amid fears that the transmission rate will accelerate.
* The novel coronavirus was first detected in China's Wuhan in late December and has since spread to more than 25 countries.
(With agency inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma