China: Death toll due to novel coronavirus rises to 1355

China virus toll hits 722 with first foreign victim

The name stands for coronavirus disease 2019, the year when the illness was first detected.

As per WHO, Excluding China, there are 24 countries affected with COVID-19 (Corona Virus Infectious Disease).

On Tuesday top Chinese Health official said the epidemic should peak in China this month before subsiding. I'll spell it: "C-O-V-I-D hyphen one nine - COVID-19", it tweeted.

WHO is also hosting a two-day meeting of more than 400 scientists from around the world, both in person and virtually called Global research and innovation forum on February 11 and 12.

According to the BBC report, the word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to, rather than the latest strain. Under worldwide guidelines, the World Health Organization "had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease", he explained.

The number of coronavirus cases in China's Hubei province spiked after officials on Thursday reported 14,840 new confirmed cases, citing a change in diagnostic criteria. "That. gives us an opportunity for containment".

President Xi Jinping has said stronger measures should be taken to contain the virus, especially in areas with severe or high-risks, as the fight has entered a crucial stage. The total of new confirmed cases marked a 10-fold rise from Wednesday, when China's National Health Commission reported 2,015 new cases.

The number killed on the mainland rose by 97 to 1,113 by the end of Tuesday, it said.

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