Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Coronavirus death toll rises to 41 in China, more than 1200 sickened

Coronavirus death toll rises to 41 in China, more than 1200 sickened

Even the usual influenza that circulates each year has killed between 12,000 and 61,000 people in the United States annually since 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A virus outbreak in China has prompted seven Chinese films that were set to premiere during the holiday to postpone screenings, forgoing what is usually the best week of the year at the Chinese box office.

NSW Health said while there are no confirmed cases in the state, four are now under investigation. Heavy travel surrounding the Lunar New Year holiday, China's biggest, is believed to have helped spread the virus, including five confirmed cases in Hong Kong. Almost all flights at Wuhan's airport have been cancelled and checkpoints blocked the main roads leading out of town on Friday.

The first cases of Novel Coronavirus have been confirmed in Australia-one in the state of Victoria and three in New South Wales-totaling four nationwide as of late Saturday.

She visited a Tokyo hospital on Thursday and later tested positive for the virus, which has killed at least 41 people in China. Local media said the patient was a man in his 40s who was originally from Wuhan and on a trip to Japan.

In its daily update on Saturday, the Department of Health added: "The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and global community".

A Nepali student studying in China has been found infected with the new coronavirus, an official of Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population has said.

The vast majority of the infections and all the deaths have been in mainland China, but fresh cases are popping up.

A new strain of coronavirus is spreading around the world after contaminating food at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Every patient outside of China was someone who had traveled from Wuhan, and so far there is no evidence of the virus being transmitted between people beyond China's borders.

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Earlier, the charity SOS Medecins said it had treated a 48-year-old patient of Chinese origin who was showing symptoms of a fever and who said he had been in contact with people from Wuhan.

"Everyone is just trying to protect themselves", said a man in a surgical mask at a Wuhan pharmacy where customers were stocking up on masks, gloves and disinfectant.

"We originally planned to go back to my wife's hometown and bought train tickets to depart this afternoon", said Li Mengbin, who was on a stroll by the moat of the closed Forbidden City.

It said it was continuing to "closely monitor" the outbreak.

The health ministry said a South Korean man in his 50s started experiencing symptoms while working in Wuhan on January 10.

"We have published a list of 101 medical institutions with departments for high fever, as well as a guide for patients with fever in order to reduce cross infection", Lei said.

Health experts said that elderly people and those with underlying disorders should be more careful not to contract the new type of virus.

One woman has travelled to multiple hospitals seeking urgent treatment for her ill husband, but was refused from each one and left stranded outside and with no option but to watch while he coughed up blood.

United States: On Tuesday US health officials announced the country's first case, a man in his 30s living near Seattle.

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