Taiwan confirms first coronavirus death

A medical staff member checks the body temperature of a man at the entrance of a hospital in Taipei Taiwan

Enlarge Image A medical staff member checks the body temperature of a man at the entrance of a hospital in Taipei Taiwan. DAVID CHANG EPA-EFE REX

Mainland China reported 1,886 new cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its coronavirus update on Tuesday as officials said more than 80% of cases had been mild.

There have been 92 cases of human-to-human spread of the coronavirus in 12 countries outside China but the World Health Organization does not have the data to make comparisons with China, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

It should not be forgotten that almost 1,900 people have now died and more than 72,000 others infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries.

In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a nurse prepares medicines for patients at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province.

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The new study reports on 44,672 cases confirmed in China as of February 11. He said that if they were, the containment of the outbreak in Taiwan will rely heavily on isolating patients early on. His death comes as authorities are cautiously cheering a reduction in the number of new daily cases and deaths, along with the results of a study showing most people who contracted the virus experienced only mild symptoms.

A daily update from the provincial government showed that 421 people have been tested over the past several weeks, and almost all were negative for the virus, called COVID-19.

Earlier, public outrage was stirred by the death from the virus of Wuhan doctor Li Wenliang, who had been threatened by police after releasing word of an outbreak of unusual respiratory illness in January before the city was placed under quarantine.

Thailand said on Monday it had recorded one new case of the coronavirus and was increasing screening of visitors from Singapore and Japan entering the country in response to the widening outbreak.

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Other cities far from the epicenter have restricted the movements of residents, with a 14-day self-quarantine for people returning to Beijing.

Those most at risk were the elderly, and people with underlying medical conditions.

- The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, mulled postponing its annual session as related matters were studied when its Chairperson's Council met on Monday.

The joint expert team acknowledged China's prevention and control measures, as well as the dedication of Chinese medical workers, Mi said. This makes it the most extensive research on Covid-19.

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There have been some 900 cases around the world, with five deaths in France, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

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