Global death toll from coronavirus rises to 1,357

China transparent in virus response: UN envoy

The global death toll from the virus rose to 1,107 on Tuesday, according to health officials in the Chinese province of Hubei.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), called on all countries as "aggressively" as possible to prevent the spread of the virus and announced that the first vaccine to be developed against the Corona virus could be completed in 18 months.

Total cases of the new coronavirus in China have now hit 44,653, according to Chinese health officials, including 2,015 new confirmed cases on February 11.

Amid concerns that resuming work might lead to a wide spread of this outbreak outside heavily-hit areas, Zhong stated such potential is reduced as many virus carriers ought to have revealed symptoms following the weeks-long vacations and the transportation systems have a checking mechanism to discover unnatural.

Kenneth Mak, director of medical services at Singapore's health ministry, told a news conference it was hard to be confident in projections that the epidemic will peak in China this month but, in any case, peaks in other countries will lag China by one or two months. "In Singapore, we are at the beginning of the outbreak".

Reports in state-run media said provincial Communist Party boss Jiang Chaoliang had been sacked as secretary of the Hubei Provincial Committee, and Ma Guoqiang had been removed as party chief in the provincial capital Wuhan.

But how the virus is transmitted to human remains unclear. Commission spokesman Mi Feng said the situation is still grim but "we have seen some positive changes".

The country is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain the virus. The first case was a salesperson who was diagnosed on January 31. None of the infected had visited Wuhan recently, and with the exception of one married couple, they worked in different sections of the store and did not know one another.

The decision came after dozens of tech companies and wireless carriers dropped out, including Nokia, Vodafone, Ericsson, Nokia, Sony, Amazon, Intel and LG. The city-state has 50 confirmed cases.

The latest big event to be cancelled was the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, originally set for Shanghai on April 19.

The patient was in isolation at a San Diego hospital, UC San Diego Health confirmed. The last video he posted was of a piece of paper reading, "All citizens resist, hand power back to the people".

Holland America Line said the MS Westerdam will arrive Thursday morning in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.

The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama, where a further 44 cases were reported on Thursday.

Based on data in the National Health Commission, a total of 381 individuals were added to fresh confirmed cases of this novel coronavirus pneumonia disease outside Hubei at the end of Monday.

Both women said their hospital ordeals began after returning from Hainan, a tropical island in southern China popular with Russian tourists. In addition, a quarantine officer was also found to be infected with the virus.

World Health Organization experts are also seeing more evidence linking COVID-19 to bats. But the researched acknowledged the study was small. Scientists examined samples from the newborns, including the amniotic fluid, cord blood and throat swabs, and they all tested negative for the virus.



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