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Coronavirus death toll jumps by record 242 in just one day

Patty Aguilar | 13 February, 2020, 18:43

Those figures include the ones reported earlier by Hubei province under its new diagnosis methodology.

Another evacuee was diagnosed with the virus earlier this week, but CDC officials said it appeared the two had been separately exposed to the virus in China before arriving in the United States.

Austria's Minister for Social Affairs Rudolf Anschober, left, talks with European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic during the Ministers of Health meeting on the coronavirus in Brussels on Thursday.

The patient was among 232 people under quarantine at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after being airlifted out of Wuhan earlier this month, CDC spokeswoman Ana Toro said. "If that were not the case, the government could not have added so many new cases in one day". "I've asked others who say they are napping a lot".

Many countries have implemented travel restrictions on recent visitors to China, which has more than 99 per cent of the world's reported infections.

The sudden jump in new cases raises questions about China's commitment to transparency, said Victor Shih, a specialist in Chinese politics at the School of Global Policy & Strategy at UC San Diego.

According to a local government notice, neighborhood committees will distribute basic necessities at a fixed time and at fixed prices, as well as help residents purchase any medicine they might urgently need.

"It doesn't have too much of an impact on our life, except that we're not allowed to go out", Xu said. India so far has recorded only three positive cases, the rest are only suspected.

"With the full support of the central leading team, the new frontline commanders, together with some newly appointed officials to head the local disease control and prevention systems, have been entrusted with the urgent mission of getting to grips with the situation in the hardest-hit region", the China Daily, a state-run newspaper directed at an English-speaking audience, wrote in a commentary published Thursday.

Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at China's National Health Commission, had said on Tuesday he thought the outbreak would peak in mid- to late-February.

United Airlines said late on Wednesday it would extend cancellations of all U.S. flights to China until late April because of the coronavirus, joining other USA carriers that have suspended China routes.

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. Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases of the diseases, majority in Son Loi.

"This outbreak could still go in any direction", said World Health Organization director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Meanwhile, Japan's health ministry announced Thursday that 44 more people on a cruise ship quarantined in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, have tested positive for COVID-19.

A cruise ship turned away by five countries over fears that someone on board has the coronavirus has docked in Cambodia after two weeks at sea.

According to the ship's operator, Holland America, none of the 1,400 passengers and 800 crew members were infected with the virus.

"In Singapore, we are at the beginning of the outbreak".

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