Coronavirus death toll jumps by record 242 in just one day

Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus outbreak

In its latest update, Hubei province's health commission on Friday said it had recorded 116 deaths and 4,823 new cases of the flu-like virus that emerged in the provincial capital, Wuhan, in December.

The death toll in China from the outbreak now stands at 1,483.

Authorities said 63,851 confirmed cases have been reported, while in the last 24 hours, 121 people have died and more than 5,090 new cases have been detected.

There are at least 570 confirmed cases of coronavirus in more than 25 countries and territories outside mainland China.

US President Donald Trump praised China over its handling of the fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in an interview that aired on Thursday, adding that the United States was working closely with Beijing.

"I think they've handled it professionally, and I think they're extremely capable", Trump said in a podcast broadcast on iHeart Radio.

"This does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak", Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies programme told a press conference in Geneva. Of those cases, more than 3,000 were "clinically diagnosed".

Covid-19 confirmed cases
Covid-19 confirmed cases

Thursday had marked the highest daily toll from the virus in China, with an excess of 200 for the first time, after authorities in Hubei changed their diagnostic criteria to include clinically diagnosed cases in their tallies.

"We strongly support and encourage the work of USA and global aid and health organizations to counter and contain the spread of coronavirus in the DPRK", spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement after the Red Cross called for an urgent exemption to sanctions on Pyongyang to help prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

Australian health officials tested a passenger onboard another cruise ship that docked in Sydney harbor for a "respiratory illness" on Friday, causing passengers to fret about the potential of another shipboard outbreak of the coronavirus.

Checkpoints were set up around the commune, according to AFP reporters in a district on the outskirts of Son Loi.

The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan's coast, where 218 infections have now been confirmed.

The outbreak has wreaked havoc with global events, with the World Mobile Congress in Spain cancelled and the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament and Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai postponed.

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The vast majority of the deaths are in mainland China, with only one death in Hong Kong, one in the Philippines and one in Japan. There are at least 570 confirmed cases of coronavirus in more than 25 countries and territories outside mainland China.

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