Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials 'removed' as death toll rises

Confirmed new coronavirus cases near 64,000 in China

Confirmed new coronavirus cases near 64,000 in China

China on Friday reported another 5,090 new coronavirus cases and 121 new deaths had been confirmed on the mainland.

The woman's diagnosis was confirmed after her death and she had no obvious link to China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, the BBC said in a report citing the Japanese media as saying.

Hubei has started using a broader definition to diagnose people, which accounts for most of the rise in cases.

The epidemic has given China's ruling Communist Party one of its sternest challenges in years, constrained the world's second-largest economy and triggered a purge of provincial bureaucrats.

It's also possibly good news for numerous sick in Wuhan, the Hubei capital where the outbreak began, who have been unable to access hospitals without confirmed diagnoses - though there is still an urgent shortage of facilities, staff and medicals supplies.

Another 2,450 new suspected cases were reported Thursday, said the Commission.

The CT scans reveal lung infections, the Hubei health commission said, and enable confirmation and faster isolation of new virus cases.

Wuhan party chief Ma Guoqiang has also been removed, Xinhua reported separately.

The central province's health commission reported 116 more deaths and 4,823 new cases, the majority involving "clinically diagnosed" patients.

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The death toll from the coronavirus is higher than the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002-03, which is believed to have killed 774 people and sickened almost 8,100 in China and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Vietnam has ordered a lockdown on a community of 10,000 residents northwest of the capital Hanoi, becoming the first location outside of China to have ordered a quarantine for at least 20 days.

"We strongly support and encourage the work of USA and worldwide 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. An increase in cases has been reported in Son Loi. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases of the diseases, a lot of them in Son Loi.

Japan's Health Ministry announced that 44 more people on a cruise ship quarantined in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters five of the patients who were already sent to hospitals for isolation and treatment have severe symptoms and are on artificial respirators or under intensive care.

According to the ship's operator, Holland America, none of the 1,400 passengers and 800 crew members were infected with the virus.

Thailand refused to allow the Westerdam to dock this week after it had already been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Guam over virus concerns.

The Westerdam began its cruise in Singapore last month and its last stop before it was refused further landings was in Hong Kong, where 51 cases of the viral disease have been confirmed.

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