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Coronavirus: With Over 3,000 On Board, At Least 10 On Japan Cruise Ship Detected With Infection

Coronavirus: China Has Opened A New Hospital Built In 10 Days, Infused Cash Into Tumbling Financial Markets And Further Restricted People's Movement In Hopes Of Containing The Rapidly Spreading Virus And Its Escalating Impact.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 05 Feb 2020, 08:22:15 AM
Coronavirus in China

Coronavirus in China: The death count in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 490. (Photo Credit: IANS)

New Delhi:

At least 10 passengers on a cruise ship that Japan quarantined tested positive for the new coronavirus, public broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media reported on Wednesday, citing the health ministry.

Japan has quarantined the vessel carrying 3,711 people and was testing those onboard for the virus after a former passenger was diagnosed with the illness in Hong Kong.

The death count in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 490 with the number of confirmed cases crossing over 24,324, China’s national authorities announced on Wednesday. Almost all the deaths are in Hubei Province which showed a sharp increase with new confirmed cases. It said 65 deaths were reported on Tuesday, all from Hubei province and its capital Wuhan.

Also 3,887 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection were reported on Tuesday, it said.

A total of 892 people had been discharged from hospital after recovery, it said. Over 2.52 lakh who were in close contacts with patients had been traced with over 1.85 lakh others still under medical observation, it added.

The World Health Organization said the number of cases will keep growing because tests are pending on thousands of suspected cases.

China has opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further restricted people's movement in hopes of containing the rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact.

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 : 05 Feb 2020, 07:33:26 AM