Coronavirus: Death Toll In China Rises To 2592

Grant Boone
February 26, 2020

The National Health Commission (NHC) revealed 899 new cases and 118 further deaths, just one day after the number of new infections fell to its lowest level in weeks.

In total, China has reported 76,936 cases, and 2442 deaths.

Of the 100 new cases, 86 are in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, and neighboring North Gyeongsang Province.

Seoul's Foreign Ministry said it was closely monitoring the incident and will evacuate South Korean tourists from Israel if necessary.

Among the 42,056 hospitalised patients, 8,979 were still in severe condition and another 2,018 in critical condition, the local health commission said.

Still, the authorities have kept the virus alert at the third-highest, or "orange", level, but the virus response will be carried out with an urgency appropriate to the "red" level, Park said.

The two cases in Australia will fuel questions about Tokyo's policy of allowing former Diamond Princess passengers to return home after testing negative.

A second coronavirus patient, a woman in her fifties, died on Friday after being moved from Daegu to South Korea's second-largest city Busan for treatment, South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. It has been fatal in 2 per cent of reported cases, with a risk of death higher for older patients, and relatively few cases among children, according to the WHO.

Officially named Sars-CoV-2, the new virus is thought to have originated in Hubei province in China. The agency said 70 of them are linked to a branch of the Shincheonji church in Daegu, which has become the biggest cluster of viral infections in the country, which now has a total of 556 cases.

It started with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed.

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If the 409 individuals are also confirmed to have coronavirus, that could spike the total tally of coronavirus cases to more than 500 overnight.

The country has also locked down its military after several soldiers tested positive.

Italy has locked down ten towns and asked over 50,000 people to stay home - a move with echoes of China's lockdown of entire cities in Hubei province at the centre of the outbreak. In Taiwan - 28, in Australia and Malaysia - 22 each, in Germany and Vietnam - 16 each, in the United Kingdom and the UAE - 13 each.

The UN team comprises specialists from the United States, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore and South Korea, Hong-Kong based South China Morning Post reported.

In a separate statement, the KCDC said the man with chronic pneumonia had been hospitalized for a long time, and he died as the illness worsened.

Almost 350 people have been infected in South Korea, including two deaths, making it the hardest-hit country outside China.

Local reports suggest that the ties of the cult church to Wuhan could be the link between the church and coronavirus.

Meanwhile, a team of officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) had recently visited various hospitals in Weekend.

Earlier, WHO's director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told a briefing in Geneva, that the recent decline in the number of new cases is encouraging, but added it is too early to know if this trend will continue.

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