The illness now has a name, CoViD-19

China virus toll hits 722 with first foreign victim

China virus toll hits 722 with first foreign victim

WHO has renamed the 2019-nCoV to COVID-19, under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to represent the entire viral outbreak under one category as "Corona Virus Disease" (COVID).

THE number of fatalities and new cases from China's coronavirus outbreak soared today, with 242 more deaths and almost 15,000 more patients in hard-hit Hubei province as authorities changed their threshold for diagnosis.

"This outbreak could go in any direction", he added.

Russia in connection with the spread of the coronavirus previously closed all regular flights of Russian airlines in China.

China has sacked the top political leader of virus-stricken Hubei province, the epicentre of an epidemic that has killed 1,355, state media reported Thursday.

Hubei on Thursday reported 14,840 new cases as of February 12, up from 1,638 new cases on Tuesday, with the number of deaths in the province rising a sharp 242 to 1,310.

Singapore has 50 cases, including one found at its biggest bank, DBS, on Wednesday that caused an evacuation at the head office.

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Hundreds of infections have been reported in dozens of other countries and territories, but only two people have died outside mainland China: one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines.

To get an idea of the significance of this, the figure for confirmed new cases for Wednesday was 2,015.

There are now 169 confirmed cases on the Diamond Princess, quarantined in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, among its 3,711 passengers and crew.

Some 300 scientists and donors gathered in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first global conference on the virus hosted by the WHO. "We thank those countries that have contributed so far, and we call on all those who haven't to contribute urgently" says The Director-General.

"Outbreaks can bring out the best and worst in people".

Jiang Chaoliang, Hubei's party secretary, will be replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong, according to the official Xinhua news agency, which gave no additional details. It is suspected to have come from a market that illegally traded wildlife in Hubei province's capital of Wuhan in December.

With companies laying off workers and supply chains from the vehicle industry to smartphones disrupted, China's economy is taking a big hit.

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