China toll leaps past 1,600 as new cases slow 1

China toll leaps past 1,600 as new cases slow

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Beijing: As the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, it is “impossible” to predict how this outbreak will develop.

The spread of the virus is still worrying globally, with the virus first appearing in central China in Hubei province in December and the first death outside of Asia being reported in France this weekend.

After a further 142 people died from the virus, the death toll on mainland China rose to 1,665 on Sunday. More than 68,000 people are now infected, but the number of new COVID-19 strains continues to decline.

In Hubei province, the worst affected area, the number of new cases has been delayed for the third consecutive day, with 139 deaths, the same as on Saturday.

The number of new cases in the rest of the country has decreased for twelve consecutive days.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adanon Gibriathos, warned that “it is impossible to predict the direction in which this epidemic will develop”.

“We ask all governments, companies, and news organisations to work with us to sound the appropriate level of alarm without fanning the flames of hysteria,” he said, speaking at the Munich Security Conference.

“China has bought the world time. We don’t know how much time.”

The UN Health Agency has asked China to provide more information about how the diagnosis can be made.

An international team of WHO experts is arriving in Beijing this weekend for a joint visit with their Chinese colleagues.

After Hubei provincial authorities had changed counting standards, the scale of the epidemic expanded rapidly, adding tens of thousands of new patients retroactively.

After Hubei Province officials began counting the number of people clinically diagnosed by lung imaging, Hubei Province added more than 14,000 cases in one day and laboratory tests were positive.

The Chinese authorities have isolated around 56 million people in Hubei and the capital, Wuhan, effectively isolating the province from the rest of the country and unprecedented efforts to control the virus.

Local authorities throughout the country have taken steps to try to prevent the virus from spreading.

State media said the Beijing municipal government has drawn up a rule that requires that all people who come to Beijing are quarantined for 14 days, warning perpetrators of punishment.

Outside mainland China, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist in France is the fourth person to die from the new corona virus, and others have died in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan.

The largest ship group outside of China is on an isolated cruise ship, outside of Japan, 335 cases of infection have been confirmed.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Americans stranded on ships will be evacuated and faced with two weeks of further isolation in the United States.

The Hong Kong authorities have also announced charter flights for the city’s residents, who will stay in the quarantine center for 14 days when they return.

Some countries have banned access from China and major airlines have broken off flights to that country.

The virus spread last month and millions of people traveled through the country during the Lunar New Year holiday, and the virus has been expanded to try to prevent more infections.

Over the past two weeks, people have gradually returned to work and although many work from home, schools remain closed.

While the government is being criticized for responding to the crisis, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more police to protect social stability.

Xi Jinping said in a speech on February 3 that to ensure stability during the crisis, the government “must strengthen the police and use the physical police”.

China’s central bank says it will also sterilize banknotes by UV or high temperature, keep them for up to 14 days and then put them back into circulation.

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