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China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 1,524

China Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 1,524”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the virus poses a "grave threat" to the world, with chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus saying the virus could have "more powerful consequences than any terrorist action".

New coronavirus cases outside Hubei Province have decreased from almost 900 on February 3 to less than 300 on February 13.

The Philippines has lifted a travel ban that was imposed on visitors from Taiwan, and will evaluate other restrictions including those on Macau, government officials said on Friday.

Chinese health authority on Saturday said it received reports of 2,641 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 143 deaths on Friday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

Liang Wannian, a senior official at China's National Health Commission, speaking in Wuhan (the epicenter of the epidemic and the capital of Hubei province) said that the number of infections has been on the decline for the past 10 days in all provinces except Hubei.

Furthermore, he said, it will be important to review which type of information is needed so that the world can use this window of opportunity to prepare health systems and workers for possible outbreaks.

The Chinese National Health Commission said that it had recorded 121 new deaths and 5,090 new coronavirus cases in China on Thursday, taking the total number of infected to 63,851. "China has bought the world time".

The number of new cases was down from the 5,090 in the previous 24-hour period after authorities changed the basis for counting patients.

COVID-19, a disease stemming from a new form of coronavirus, has spread to more than two dozen countries. "We don't know how much time", he said.

International Business Machines Corp (IBM) said on Friday it had canceled its participation in the RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco at the end of February due to coronavirus-related concerns.

Also on Friday, 849 patients became seriously ill, while 1,373 people were discharged from hospital after recovery. Restaurants, shops and other businesses nationwide were ordered to close. It said no one with symptoms would be allowed aboard the flight.

The acceleration in the number of cases does not necessarily represent a sudden surge in new infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

"From now on, all those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days after arriving", Beijing's virus prevention working group said in a notice cited by the Beijing Daily.

State Councillor Wang Yi, who also serves as China's foreign minister, acknowledged that coronavirus was a huge challenge, but defended Beijing's management of the epidemic on Friday and lashed out at the "overreaction" of some countries.

The Chinese government has also approved field trials for experimental USA antiviral drug, Remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients.



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