Coronavirus Cases Top 64,000 Worldwide, With Nearly 1,400 Deaths Reported

Death toll from Corona Virus rises to 1500

"The goal of the joint mission is to rapidly inform the next steps in the COVID-19 response and preparedness activities in China and globally", he said, referring to the medical name for the acute respiratory disease caused by the virus. USA citizens who have recently traveled to the Hubei province of China, where Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is located, will be quarantined for up to 14 days, US health officials said.

But one of the top reasons for the variation in numbers is the constantly changing definitions of what constitutes a case in China: Is it just when someone has a lab-confirmed test?

Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin (曾益新) said that 1,716 health workers had been infected and six had died as of Tuesday, with the number of infected staff rising.

There hasn't been a "significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak" of COVID-19, global health officials said Thursday, even as China reported thousands more cases under new criteria that officials adopted, Japan reported its first death from the disease and the number of USA cases continued to climb.

China on Thursday reported 254 fatalities from the coronavirus outbreak - the highest in a single day and double the previous record high - taking the death toll to 1,367, as authorities adopted a new diagnosis method amid concerns that the crisis is nowhere near slowing down contrary to official projections.

"We're also doing deeper investigations to identify the source of this virus and to prevent further transmission from animals to humans", said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general at the organisation.

But in Geneva, World Health Organization officials warned Wednesday against reaching premature conclusions on the Chinese data.

Other cases of the coronavirus in the USA were reported in Arizona, California, Illinois, Washington state, Wisconsin and MA, where a UMass Boston was diagnosed with the respiratory infection late last month.

When Dr. Li Wenliang posted warnings on Chinese social media about cases of a novel coronavirus in late December, government officials took a dim view.

Two of Hubei's senior health officials were also removed Monday.

"Naturally, under such special circumstances, People who can do the job better should be given the responsibility to do it", he said.

It comes after an MP revealed on Saturday he is self-isolating going to a bus conference in Westminster attended by a coronavirus patient before they fell ill.

Noting that combating coronavirus is a big test for the country's governance system and governance ability, he stressed the need to strengthen areas of weakness and close loopholes exposed by the current epidemic.

Thousands of passengers and crew remain under quarantine - and likely will continue to do so until it is expected to lift next week.

In a statement Friday, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Mugahed said the person was a "foreigner" who is carrying the virus but not showing any serious symptoms.



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