Virus death toll in China rises as USA prepares evacuation

Business is going on as usual at the hotels inside Hong Kong Disneyland, however, CCTV reported.

The professor spoke following a meeting of the Government's Cobra emergency committee in Whitehall on Friday, chaired by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

On Sunday, China confirmed 1,975 cases of patients infected with the new coronavirus as of Jan 25, while the death toll from the virus has risen to 56, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late a year ago and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as to the United States, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Australia, France and Canada. Theatres in the country took in just 1.81 million yuan ($262,167) from tickets on Saturday, a tiny fraction of the 1.46 billion yuan on the Lunar New Year Day in 2019, according to data from movie-ticketing company Maoyan. The city has said another hospital was expected to be completed February 3. All cases involve persons who have traveled from Wuhan, either as returning residents or as tourists.

Hong Kong's popular amusement parks Disneyland and Ocean Park are closed from January 26 to help prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus that broke out in the Chinese city Wuhan, state media CCTV reported on Sunday.

Infections from the virus have now been found on four continents, including a few cases in Australia, France and the USA, among travelers who had recently been in China. Several other countries in Asia have reported cases as well.

China cut off trains, planes and other links to Wuhan on Wednesday, as well as public transportation within the city, and has steadily expanded a lockdown to 16 surrounding cities with a combined population of more than 50 million - greater than that of New York, London, Paris and Moscow combined. They've asked the public for donations of face masks, scrubs and basic medical supplies.

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While no official announcement has been made, the premier's remarks at a Monday press conference were definitive. Village Media will carry the livestream of the announcement once it begins.

Medical staff treat a patient in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The new virus comes from a large family of what are known as coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, coughing and shortness of breath, with severe cases progressing to pneumonia.

First detected last month, the virus is believed to have originated in a type of wild animal sold at a Wuhan market to be consumed as food.

Investigators are closely observing whether the virus was mutating, but thus far found "no obvious signs", that it is doing so, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, Gao Fu, told reporters. Many people on social media have been calling for the week-long holiday to be extended to help prevent further spread of the virus. Xinhua quoted center official Xu Wenbo as saying the they had isolated the virus and were identifying seed strain.

Meanwhile, health officials are continuing to track down around 2,000 people who have recently flown into the United Kingdom from Wuhan, the area of China worst affected by the outbreak. It is not clear how lethal the virus is or even whether it is as risky as the ordinary flu, which kills thousands of people every year in the U.S. The rapid increase in reported deaths and illnesses does not necessarily mean the situation is getting worse, experts cautioned, but could reflect better monitoring and reporting of the virus.

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