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Coronavirus outbreak: Death toll rises to 56, over 2,000 cases confirmed

Coronavirus outbreak: Kerala officials said seven, who returned from China, showed mild symptoms of fever, cough and sore throat. Among the seven, two are in Kochi and three are in Thrissur, Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta respectively.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi | Updated: January 26, 2020 8:50:59 am
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Coronavirus outbreak: Chinese health authorities Sunday said that the death toll in the new coronavirus rose to 56 on Sunday, with 1,975 confirmed cases and 324 of them being critical.

A total of 2,684 cases have been reported so far, with Wuhan and 17 other cities in China’s Hubei province being the epicentre of the viral disease outbreak.

China’s President Xi Jinping held a politburo meeting on measures to fight the outbreak of coronavirus which has claimed 41 lives, PTI quoted state television on Saturday. China can “win the battle” against the virus epidemic that has infected over 1,200 people across the country, said Xi in his second public comment on the crisis.

“As long as we have steadfast confidence, work together, scientific prevention and cures, and precise policies, we will definitely be able to win the battle,” President Xi told a meeting of the elite Politburo Standing Committee, according to official news agency Xinhua.

Meanwhile, in India, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed preparedness for the prevention of novel coronavirus after at least seven Indians have been kept under observation in Kerala. According to the health ministry, seven central teams will visit states and designated airports to review preparedness for control of the virus. Vardhan also spoke to Uttarakhand Chief Minister and assured him of all support for screening at Nepal border for novel coronavirus.

Four Indians — two in Mumbai and one each in Bengaluru and Hyderabad — tested negative for the virus on Friday. With over 20,000 passengers returning from China and Hong Kong this month, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi set up an isolation ward and kept beds ready for providing treatment to any suspected case.

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    19:42 (IST)25 Jan 2020
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    19:41 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Govt urges people to come forward and report coronavirus symptoms, sets up helpline

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                                                             An employee works to prevent a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo) 

    19:10 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Hong Kong declares virus emergency, 2-week school closure

    Hong Kong has declared the virus outbreak an emergency and will close primary and secondary schools for two more weeks after the Lunar New Year holiday. City leader Carrie Lam also announced Saturday that trains and flights from the city of Wuhan would be blocked.

    18:29 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    US to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan, China

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    17:30 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    China's President Xi holds politburo meeting on curbing virus outbreak

    China's President Xi Jinping held a politburo meeting on measures to fight the outbreak of coronavirus, state television reported on Saturday.
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    17:26 (IST)25 Jan 2020
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    16:48 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Chinese man suspected of coronavirus admitted in Pakistan hospital

    Pakistan health authorities on Saturday said a Chinese national suspected of coronavirus was admitted in isolation at a medical facility in Multan in Punjab province. Feng Fen, 40, was living in a camp with Chinese workers near Multan after returning from China's Wuhan city 10 days ago.
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    15:38 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviews preparedness for the prevention of coronavirus

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    14:55 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Australia confirms 4 cases of coronavirus

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    14:04 (IST)25 Jan 2020
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    13:33 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Coronavirus hits Kerala, 7 under watch in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Pathanamthitta

    At least seven people, who have shown symptoms of respiratory problems, have been admitted to hospitals in Kerala and will be tested for coronavirus. Two of the seven have been admitted to a Kochi hospital, while one each is in hospitals at Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Pathanamthitta. They will be admitted for 28 days. Read in Malayalam

    13:28 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    China: 237 out of 1,287 cases critical

    A doctor from China's Hubei province died on Saturday reportedly due to the novel coronavirus. China's National Health Commission announced on Saturday that death toll due to the virus rose to 41, with 1,287 people being infected. Out of the 1,287 cases, the condition of 237 is stated to be critical.

    12:54 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Japan confirms third case of Wuhan virus

    Japan has confirmed a third case of infection by China's coronavirus, the health ministry said on Saturday. The woman, who lives in Wuhan, arrived in Japan on Jan 18, the ministry said.

    12:34 (IST)25 Jan 2020
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    12:26 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    36 million people under lockdown in China

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    11:51 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    How effective are surgical masks against a viral infection?

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    11:34 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Mumbai: Two test negative for coronavirus, another's blood sample to be tested

    While two persons who were admitted to a civil hospital in Mumbai for possible exposure have tested negative for the infection, the blood sample of another person will be sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune on Saturday. (PTI)

    11:28 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    India: Health Ministry issues travel advisory for travelers visiting China

    In India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a travel advisory to travelers visiting China regarding the coronavirus outbreak. It asked travelers to China, particularly Wuhan, to monitor their health closely and to follow public health measures. 

    11:08 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    France confirms three cases of novel coronavirus

    France on Friday confirmed its first three cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with two patients being hospitalised in Paris and one in Bordeaux.

    10:44 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Australia confirms first case of coronavirus

    Australia on Saturday confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus in the state of Victoria. The patient, a Chinese national who arrived from China on Jan 19 on a flight from Guangzhou, is hospitalised in stable condition in a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria health officials said. 

    10:38 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Kerala prepares line of defence against coronavirus, sets up isolation wards at hospitals

    As a stream of Malayalis traveling from parts of China return home, the Kerala government has put in place a strong line of defense to prevent the spread of infection in compliance with the guidelines of the World Health Organisation. Read more here

    10:30 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Malaysia confirms three cases of coronavirus

    Malaysia on Saturday said it had confirmed three cases of coronavirus infection. Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said the three infected individuals were Chinese nationals.

    10:05 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    China building hospital in Wuhan to treat coronavirus patients

    China announced Friday that it is building a 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan for patients infected with the coronavirus. Wuhan authorities said in a notice that Wuhan is constructing a hospital modeled after the Xiaotangshan SARS hospital in Beijing.

    09:32 (IST)25 Jan 2020
    Death toll due to coronavirus rises to 26 in China

    The death toll due to the novel coronavirus in China rose from 26 to 41 on Saturday. All the latest deaths occurred in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak which has been in virtual quarantine as China scrambles to contain the spread of the virus.

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday declared the virus an "emergency in China", but stopped short of declaring it a global health emergency. It asked all countries to be prepared for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread of 2019-nCoV infection, and to share full data with WHO.

    The newly-identified coronavirus has created alarm because there are still many unknowns surrounding it, such as how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people. It can cause pneumonia, which has been deadly in some cases. Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and coughing. At present, there is no cure for the virus which has pneumonia-like symptoms and is contagious among humans.

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