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.