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China: Coronavirus Dead Count Rises To 169, Over 1,000 New Cases Reported

Coronavirus In China: Hubei, The Epicentre Of A Contagion That Is Causing Mounting Global Fear, Also Reported 1,032 New Confirmed Cases Of Infection.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 30 Jan 2020, 07:03:11 AM
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The number of confirmed deaths from China's viral epidemic has risen to 169. (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi:

The number of confirmed deaths from China's viral epidemic has risen to 169, the government said on Thursday, as hard-hit Hubei province reported 37 new fatalities. Hubei, the epicentre of a contagion that is causing mounting global fear, also reported 1,032 new confirmed cases of infection. Almost all provinces in China except Tibet have reported the virus cases. Over 32,000 close contacts have been traced and 30,453 among them are currently under medical observation while 583 others were discharged till last week. 

To curb the epidemic, China has decided to adopt a host of measures including delaying and reducing conferences and major events, extending the current Spring Festival holidays and supporting online work. 

China is rushing to build a new hospital in a record breaking time to treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak that has stricken hundreds of people, state media reported last week. The facility in the central city of Wuhan is expected to be in use by February 3 to serve a rising number of patients infected by a coronavirus that has left at least 26 people dead and millions on lockdown in an effort to curb the spread. Dozens of excavators and trucks were filmed working on the site by state broadcaster CCTV.

It will have a capacity of 1,000 beds spread over 25,000 square metres, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Also Read: India Among Top 30 Countries At 'High Risk' From Coronavirus Spread: Study

What is Coronavirus?

The coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. Like SARS, it can be passed among people through the respiratory tract. Animals are suspected to be the primary source of the outbreak, with Chinese health officials saying the virus originated from the market where wild animals were illegally sold. Studies published this week suggest that the virus may have originated in bats or snakes.

The first case of the new virus was confirmed on December 31, and it has since been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

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First Published : 30 Jan 2020, 07:00:47 AM

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