According to data released on January 26, more than 2,000 people around the world are infected with the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus, the vast majority of them are in China, Reuters reports. The ability of the new coronavirus to spread is strengthening and infections could continue to rise.
The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 56, with authorities in Hubei province reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases.
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.
Passengers from China will be screened at Boryspil Airport by infrared thermometers. The Ministry of Health on its Facebook page reports.
"Specialists of the sanitary-quarantine unit have already been trained and equipped with infrared thermometers," the report reads.
The World Health Organization updated screening guidelines on Saturday.