China virus toll passes 1,100 but daily rate slows

Clay Curtis
February 13, 2020

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.

That was the lowest daily rise since January 30 and came a day after epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan forecast the epidemic would peak in China this month before subsiding.

"We now have a name for the disease and it's Covid-19", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva.

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.

The coronavirus has spread to two dozen other countries, having only been identified late past year in the Chinese city of Wuhan. A total of 97 deaths were reported Wednesday as well.

Another 40 people - 29 passengers, 10 crew members and one quarantine officer - have tested positive to coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is quarantined off the coast of Japan. "Besides, there are so many patients living together, so they may feel nervous and spend a long time in bed", Chen added, explaining the reason for the group activity.

Cambodia agreed to let it land, the Holland America Line said.

"The staff has tried to bolster spirits but you can only play so many games of trivia", American passenger Angela Jones told Reuters in a video.

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He had planned a birthday banquet, Xinhua said.

As per WHO, Excluding China, there are 24 countries affected with COVID-19 (Corona Virus Infectious Disease). Uncertainty about the virus, which emerged in Hubei's capital Wuhan late previous year and has spread to 24 other countries, has shaken up markets over the past weeks.

Chinese authorities have quarantined Wuhan and about 15 other Chinese cities in order to curb the spread of disease, leading to a lockdown on an estimated 60 million people.

President Xi Jinping has said stronger measures should be taken to contain the virus, especially in areas with severe or high-risks, as the fight has entered a crucial stage.

The Chinese yuan slipped against the dollar in offshore trade, while stocks in Asia also faltered as the latest update on the spread of the virus provided a grim reminder to investors that the epidemic remains a potent threat to the global economic outlook.

"These sensational and unfounded allegations from a few Western media outlets have turned a blind eye to the unswerving efforts and huge sacrifice China and its people have made", it said.

China has purged high-ranking officials in the Hubei - the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak - amid public outcry over the virus.

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