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Coronavirus: 25 New Fatalities In China's Hubei, Death Count Rises To 131

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.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 29 Jan 2020, 07:18:28 AM
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The number of confirmed deaths from China's viral outbreak has risen to 131. (Photo Credit: Representational Image: PTI)

New Delhi:

The number of confirmed deaths from China's viral outbreak has risen to 131, with authorities in central Hubei province on Wednesday reporting 25 new fatalities and 840 new cases. The latest figures from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at more than 5,300, based on figures previously released by the central government.

Indians in China

Over 250 to 300 Indian students are reportedly stuck in Wuhan triggering concerns over their well-being.

A meeting, which was chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, reviewed India’s preparedness to deal with the virus amid mounting global concern over increasing number of cases in China and several other countries.

In India, no case has been detected so far though nearly 450 people have been kept under observation in the country, most of them in Kerala, following screening for possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.          

Some, who have returned from China in recent weeks, have approached medical authorities as a precautionary step.

China to build new hospital

China is rushing to build a new hospital in a staggering 10 days 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.

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.

The 17 people who died in China were aged from 48 to 89, and had pre-existing health conditions, Chinese health authorities said Thursday. Chinese authorities on Thursday reported dozens of new infections, bringing the confirmed total to 571. About 5,000 people remain under medical observation. But scientists at the Imperial College in London estimate that 4,000 people have been infected in Wuhan.

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First Published : 29 Jan 2020, 07:02:48 AM

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