Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Coronavirus: Death toll in China surges past 1,500

Coronavirus: Death toll in China surges past 1,500

That brought the death toll in mainland China to 1,665.

The Chinese mainland has confirmed on Saturday more than 2000 new cases of the novel coronavirus with 142 more deaths.

The province also saw 912 patients discharged from hospital after recovery on Friday, including 263 clinically diagnosed cases.

The new virus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in early December.

Xi was previously seen as taking a backseat in the crisis while authorities in Hubei and Wuhan faced public fury over their initial handling of the epidemic. Overwhelmed by suspected cases, the province has not able to test every person exhibiting symptoms. He ended up dying of the disease himself.

The virus has spread to more than two dozen countries and prompted many to place entry restrictions on people from China and recent visitors to the country.

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"We are using our flu surveillance network in Seattle, San Francisco, L.A., Chicago, and NY, where individuals who present with flu-like or China coronavirus-like symptoms will be tested not just for flu but also tested for China coronavirus", Azar tells CNBC. The party faced similar criticism after the 2002-03 outbreak of Sars. The U.S. government is preparing to evacuate some 380 Americans also quarantined on the cruise ship, and the South Korean government is reviewing whether to evacuate 14 South Korean nationals on board the vessel. The evacuees will be taken to Travis Air Force Base in California, with some continuing to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where they will have to undergo another quarantine. Just yesterday, various news agencies reported a man on United Airlines Flight 901 from SFO to London was removed from the plane my first responders after he reportedly displayed symptoms of the coronavirus, which, as described by the World Health Organization (WHO), can span the gamut of severe coughing and high-fever to insignia to insignificant body aches and slight dizziness.

The Chinese government has also approved field trials for experimental USA antiviral drug, Remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients.

Over in Japan, at least 285 people have tested positive for the virus from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that has been quarantined since arriving in Yokohama on February 3rd.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), particularly, stated these tests won't be conducted at local hospitals in the aforementioned cities, but rather at a handful of public health labs in those metros.

Indonesia has not yet reported a confirmed case of the virus.

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