Over 1,970 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in China, Death Toll at 56

  • Over 1,970 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in China, Death Toll at 56

Over 1,970 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in China, Death Toll at 56

China also announced further transport restrictions.

Infections from the virus have now been found on four continents, including a few cases in Australia, France and the US, among travelers who had recently been in China.

Two of the men had travelled to the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak - Wuhan - while another man had travelled from the southern city of Shenzhen but had direct contact with a person from Wuhan who was diagnosed with the virus.

"Of the five cases that were under investigation today, four have now been cleared of the infection". Health officials are trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus during the country's biggest travel holiday, the Lunar New Year.

Xi held a politburo meeting on Saturday on measures to fight the "accelerating" outbreak, state television reported.

On Saturday, Hong Kong declared a virus emergency, scrapped celebrations and restricted links to mainland China.

As more cases continue to be confirmed, health officials and medical works in Wuhan, China, and throughout the country ramp up efforts to contain the spread.

With five cases of the illness reported in Hong Kong, a marathon that was expected to draw 70,000 participants February 9 was canceled, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported.

"Embassy of India Beijing is in constant contact with Indian citizens in Hubei province, including Wuhan city, especially the student community, to check on their health and well-being", the Indian mission tweeted.

"We are steadily pushing forward the disease control and prevention".

The newly identified coronavirus has created alarm because there are still many unknowns surrounding it, such as how unsafe it is and how easily it spreads between people.

South Korea on Sunday reported its third confirmed case of the Wuhan coronavirus amid mounting fears over the spread of the pneumonia-like illness throughout China and other parts of the world.

Wuhan said it would ban non-essential vehicles from its downtown starting Sunday, further paralyzing a city of 11 million that has been on virtual lockdown since Thursday, with almost all flights canceled and checkpoints blocking the main roads leading out of town.

Various reports said 18 cities in Hubei are now on lockdown, effectively implementing travel restrictions on 56 million people.

Victoria's acting Chief Health Officer Angie Bone said the patient is not in intensive care.

Transportation curbs continued to widen, with the northern city of Tianjin to shut all inter-province shuttle buses from January 27, the official People's Daily reported on Sunday. The start of the Lunar New Year is celebrated by both Korean and Chinese people. Random temperature checks are being conducted in hospitals and train stations throughout the country. With the government issuing its most severe travel advisory. Health workers check drivers and passengers' body temperature in effort to contain novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and surrounding areas of China People arriving at the worldwide terminal at Toronto's Pearson Airport wear masks following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photo, travelers wearing face masks walk with their luggage at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in southern China's Hubei province. Earlier on Sunday, the Chinese Global Times newspaper said that the death toll stood at 54.

Australians are being told not to travel to Wuhan or Hubei province. The post was later removed.

The US has confirmed two cases of the virus in patients who had recently entered the country from Wuhan.

Shanghai Disneyland was closed from Saturday.

Xi and other leaders also made new arrangements for further studies on the treatment of patients already infected with the virus.