Virus Outbreak: Toll from coronavirus on health workers in China rises unabated

China dispatches 25,000 medics to coronavirus-hit Hubei province

The overall death toll in China due to the deadly Coronavirus on Saturday increased to 1,523, with a total of 66,492 confirmed cases, authorities said.

COVID-19, a disease stemming from a new form of coronavirus, has spread to more than two dozen countries.

There was good news for passengers on another cruise ship that was finally allowed to dock in Cambodia after being rejected by five nations over fears of the virus, even though no cases were reported on board.

WHO, which has declared the Coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency, has stated that it poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world" and should be viewed as "Public Enemy Number 1".

Kudlow said President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept USA help, but "they won't let us".

Beijing's municipal government enacted a rule on Friday requiring all people coming to the capital to quarantine themselves for 14 days, warning that violators would be punished, according to official media. The passengers have been quarantined aboard the ship since February 5, but they will face another two-week quarantine after arriving in the United States.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Beijing has had an "open and transparent attitude" with the global community since the start of the epidemic.

Yesterday, some of the passengers on the Diamond Princess were allowed to disembark - with priority for older passengers confined to windowless cabins - and complete their quarantine on shore.

Hubei added nearly 14,000 cases in a single day this week after officials there started counting people clinically diagnosed through lung imaging, in addition to those with a positive lab test result.

Egypt reported its first case of the coronavirus on Friday, becoming the first country in the African continent to confirm a case, and the second in the Middle East region, after the United Arab Emirates diagnosed its first cases late last month. Health authorities said the new method would facilitate earlier treatment.

The National Health Commission reported 143 new deaths on Saturday, with all but four in Hubei, raising the toll to 1,523.

Battling the outbreak is a "big test for the country's governance system and governance ability", Xi said in a Communist Party central committee meeting on Friday.

"While the Chinese authorities are doing their best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the fairly drastic measures they have implemented to date would appear to have been too little, too late", he said. Liu Xiaoming, vice minister of transport, said travel volumes were only about one-fifth to one-sixth the normal level.

Business losses are so severe that forecasters have cut their outlooks for China's economic growth.

An worldwide team of World Health Organization experts will arrive in Beijing this weekend for a joint mission with Chinese counterparts.

"Some of the rhetoric for me has not been helpful, not been helpful at all".



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