Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Coronavirus death toll in China tops 1100

Coronavirus death toll in China tops 1100

By the end of Tuesday, 49 confirmed cases including one death had been reported in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, 10 confirmed cases in the Macao SAR, and 18 in Taiwan.

The number of new cases in Hubei, the province at the epicentre of the outbreak, was 1,068 as of Tuesday, down from a peak of over 3,000 new cases on February 4, and the lowest number of new infections since January 31.

Most cases overseas have involved people who had been in Wuhan, the quarantined central Chinese city where the virus emerged late a year ago, or people infected by others who had been at the epicentre.

The National Health Commission said 2,015 new cases had been reported over the last 24 hours, declining for a second day.

The fatality toll has passed the 774 people believed to have died of Sars, another viral outbreak that originated in China.

The new virus started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 from a yet-to-be-confirmed origin.

"Evidence suggests the positive mood will continue, and we see some coordination in markets with oil rallying, base metals up and Treasuries coming under pressure", said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.

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That brings the total of those infected on the ship to 174 people, public broadcaster NHK said. "The problem of human to human transmission has not yet been resolved".

How it's contained: While masks and other protective measures are abundant in areas where there is infection, it's not yet clear if these measures - and the forced quarantines - are making a difference in containing the spread of coronavirus.

The Chinese mail service, China Post, said it was disinfecting postal offices, processing centers and vehicles to ensure the virus doesn't spread via the mail and to protect postal staff. Speculation that higher-level officials could be sacked has simmered, but doing so could spark political infighting and be a tacit admission that the Communist Party dropped the ball.

"A virus can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action".

Powell also said he is closely monitoring the coronavirus in China, because it could lead to disruptions that affect the global economy.

That message was repeated across Chinese media, with a senior government-affiliated economist saying that the effect of the outbreak was temporary and wouldn't stop China from reaching the target of doubling gross domestic product and per capita income compared to 2010. About 60 million people are under virtual quarantine and many others are still working at home. Officials in the province of Zhejiang said yesterday that their focus has shifted from all-out efforts to prevent and control the outbreak toward containing the epidemic while ensuring the economy's operation.

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