Confirmed new coronavirus cases near 64,000 in China

Confirmed new coronavirus cases near 64,000 in China

Column: Misinformation spreads faster than the coronavirus

China on Friday reported 116 more deaths in Hubei, the province at the centre of the escalating coronavirus outbreak, bringing to at least 1,483 the total number of deaths across the country.

The number of people killed by the coronavirus has jumped by record numbers, as global health experts warn the epidemic could get far worse before it is brought under control. The death toll rises by 121 to 1,380. The daily death toll nearly halved when compared to Wednesday's 14,840.

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"Clearly in Wuhan, the health system is under extreme pressure and so the first priority has to be the patient", said Mark Woolhouse, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh.

Some 55,748 people are now undergoing treatment, while 1,380 people have died of the flu-like virus that emerged in Hubei province's capital, Wuhan, in December.

On Thursday Japan announced its first coronavirus death - a woman in her 80s who lived in Kanagawa, south-west of Tokyo.

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It is understood to be the first case where someone has contracted the virus in the UK. This makes up to 9 cases of coronavirus in the UK.

Yesterday Japan became the third place outside the Chinese mainland to report a death, after one each in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Under criticism at home over the handling of the crisis, China's Communist Party sacked two topranking officials in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Japanese policymakers vowed to step up testing and containment efforts after the death and confirmation of new cases, including a doctor and a taxi driver.

Case numbers in mainland China rise by 15,152, for a total of 59,805.

In Vietnam, official media reported that a village of 10,000 northwest of the capital, Hanoi, was put in lockdown due to a cluster of cases there.

"While the Chinese authorities are doing their best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the fairly drastic measures they have implemented to date would appear to have been too little, too late", he said.

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The online newspaper VN Express cited a senior official of Ving Phuc province as reporting an increase in cases in Son Loi commune.

A CCTV reporter stands near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, February 13, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted the passengers with handshakes and bouquets of roses as they stepped off the ship and boarded a waiting bus.

"We've seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak."

Passengers leave MS Westerdam, a cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard might have the coronavirus, after it docks in Sihanoukville.

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.

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