Covid-19 death toll crosses 1700 in China

Covid-19 death toll crosses 1700 in China

Covid-19 death toll crosses 1700 in China

More than 68,500 people in China were infected with the COVID-19, with the death toll exceeding 1,660.

In its daily update, the province's health commission also reported 1,843 fresh cases - the third day that reported new infections declined in the province.

The virus spread last month as millions travelled across China for the Lunar New Year holiday, which was extended to try to prevent more infections.

A circular by the provincial government said the health screening campaign should be strengthened and no one should be missed.

Meanwhile, a 12-member team of World Health Organisation experts began assisting their Chinese counterparts to control the virus.

By the end of Sunday, a total of 1,770 people had died of the disease and 70,548 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection had been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China. A total of 115 new confirmed cases were reported on Sunday outside Hubei.

Nevertheless, restrictions were tightened in Hubei yesterday with a ban on vehicles, apart from essential services, and companies were told to stay shut until further notice.

Workers in protective suits examine specimens inside a laboratory following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan Hubei province China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened a meeting of experts to discuss measures to contain the virus in his country, where more than a dozen cases have emerged in the past few days without any obvious link to China.

The agency is "concerned by the continued increase in the number of cases in China", and by reports about the number of health workers who have been infected or died, Tedros said, criticising what he called a "lack of urgency in funding the response from the global community".

- Hubei Province reported 1,933 new confirmed cases and 100 new deaths Sunday. The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.

Beijing also announced plans on Sunday to roll out targeted and phased tax and fee cuts to help relieve difficulties for businesses. That compares with the 5.7% growth China would need this year to meet its long-term goal of doubling GDP over the decade to 2020, according to a government economist.

He is the fifth person outside of the mainland to die from the virus, with the other deaths in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and France.

Thailand reports 34 confirmed cases, followed by South Korea with 29 cases, Malaysia with 22, Taiwan with 20, Germany with 16, Vietnam with 16, Australia with 15, the US with 15, France with 11, U.K. with 9, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 9, and Canada with 7 cases.

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