Coronavirus: China admits 'deficiencies' in response to virus

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has called on the United States not to overreact to the coronavirus outbreak and instead to work with China in combating the virus, China's People's Daily newspaper reported on Monday. China's nationwide death toll now stands at 425.

It marked the second instance of person-to-person spread of the virus in the United States after another such case was reported last week in IL.

"This fatality rate is pretty low in other regions in China".

Dr. Sylvie Briand, WHO's director of epidemic and pandemic diseases, told reporters in Geneva Tuesday the outbreak is at the phase "where it is an epidemic with multiple foci".

Xi presided over a special meeting of the top Communist Party body for the second time since the crisis started, telling the Politburo standing committee on Monday the country must race against time to curb the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization last week declared the virus a global health emergency and expressed concern about how it was spreading in other countries, beyond those who were Chinese or who had traveled in Hubei recently. More than 3,000 passengers and crew aboard a cruise ship anchored off the Japanese port of Yokohama were quarantined after a passenger tested positive for the virus.

But on Tuesday Hong Kong medics confirmed a 39-year-old man being treated for the virus had died. Firstly, Hubei has more patients in severe condition and secondly, Wuhan city has set stricter discharge standards, which means when patients in Wuhan meet all national standard to be discharged from hospital, they have to stay 10 to 12 more days in hospital for observation.

The 2003 outbreak of the SARS virus, which Beijing initially covered up, killed nearly 300 people in Hong Kong and left lasting psychological scars on the densely populated city. Scientists suspect the latest outbreak began at a seafood market in Wuhan where wild animals were on sale and in contact with people.

The authority said the strike was having a "serious impact".

A day after accusing Washington of scaremongering, Beijing said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight the outbreak.

The virus has remained "quite a stable virus", she said.

With Wuhan and some other cities in virtual lockdown, travel severely restricted and China facing increasing worldwide isolation, fears of wider economic disruption are growing; sources at the OPEC oil cartel said producers were considering cutting output by nearly a third to support prices.

Airlines around the world have stopped flights to parts of China.