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Coronavirus: Death Count In China Rises To 304, Nearly 1,40,000 Under Medical Observation

Coronavirus: Officials Said 1,63,844 Close Contacts Had Been Traced, Adding That Among Them, 8,044 Were Discharged From Medical Observation On Saturday, With 1,37,594 Others Still Under Medical Observation

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Fayiq Wani | Updated on: 02 Feb 2020, 07:22:24 AM
Coronavirus in China

The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 14,380 (except Hong Kong and Macao) by the end of Saturday. (Photo Credit: IANS)

New Delhi:

The death count in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 304 with the number of confirmed cases totalling to 14,380, China’s national authorities announced on Sunday. All the deaths are in Hubei Province, according to China’s National Health Commission. Another 4,562 new suspected cases were reported on Saturday, said the commission.

On Saturday, 315 patients became seriously ill and 85 people were discharged from hospital after recovery, the Commission said.

The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 14,380 (except Hong Kong and Macao) by the end of Saturday, the commission said.

The commission said 1,63,844 close contacts had been traced, adding that among them, 8,044 were discharged from medical observation on Saturday, with 1,37,594 others still under medical observation, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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.

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 : 02 Feb 2020, 07:22:24 AM

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