China coronavirus toll rises to 54 dead, more than 300 new cases

Source : 112 Ukraine

The number of confirmed infections increased to 1610
16:35, 26 January 2020

112 Agency

The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in Hubei province reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases, AFP reports.

The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicenter of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government.

President Xi Jinping warned that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.

The contagion remained centered on the Hubei provincial capital of Wuhan, which accounted for seven of the new deaths and 46 of the new confirmed cases, said the Hubei Health Commission.

Related: Highest level of emergency declared in 25 provinces of China due to coronavirus

In Canada, the first confirmed case of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus was registered in a resident who returned from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of a viral disease, Reuters reported.

Ontario health officials said at a press conference that the patient was a 50-year-old man who arrived in Toronto on January 22 and was hospitalized the day after the onset of respiratory symptoms.

Now the man is being treated in a state hospital, he is in a stable condition.

An outbreak of a new coronavirus occurred in Wuhan, China, late last year. According to doctors, the virus is transmitted from person to person. Cases have also been reported in South Korea, the United States, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, France, Australia, and Nepal.

Health Minister Zoryana Skaletska said that Ukraine has recorded three cases of suspected coronavirus. She announced this at a meeting of the operational headquarters of the Ministry of Health

Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk stated that the operational headquarters at the level of the Healthcare Ministry is created in Ukraine to control the spread of China coronavirus

According to the PM, as for today, there are no grounds for worrying in Ukraine.

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