China coronavirus toll reaches 80, with 2,744 confirmed cases
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China coronavirus toll reaches 80, with 2,744 confirmed cases

By IANS Updated: Jan 27, 2020 10:25 pm
Workers package medical masks in a factory in Nantong in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province on Monday. (AP/PTI)

Beijing, Jan. 27 (IANS): Chinese health authorities on Monday said that 80 people have died due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in the country, with 2,744 confirmed cases.

The National Health Commission said that of the infected, 461 were in critical condition, Xinhua news agency reported.

Sunday saw 769 new confirmed cases, 3,806 new suspected cases and 24 deaths (all in Hubei province), the Commission revealed.

By the end of Sunday, 51 people had recovered and there were currently a total of 5,794 suspected cases.

Meanwhile, at least 32,799 close contacts have been traced, the Commission said, adding that among them, 583 were discharged from medical observation on Sunday, with 30,453 others still under medical observation.

The figures also showed that 17 confirmed cases had been reported in Hong Kong (eight), Macao (five) and Taiwan (four).

Outside of China, there are currently eight confirmed cases in Thailand (five of which have been discharged from hospital); five in the US; four each in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, France and Japan (one cured); three in South Korea; two in Vietnam; and one each in Nepal and Canada.

Pakistan has five suspected cases who are all under observation.

China has announced the extension of the Spring Festival holiday until February 2, amid its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Universities, primary and secondary schools, and kindergartens across the country will postpone the start of the semester, said a State Council General Office circular, adding that the specific time for the semester start will be unveiled by respective education authorities.

Over 2,000 people tested for coronavirus in B’desh

Bangladesh authorities have tested over 2,000 travellers from China for the deadly novel coronavirus that has killed 80 people in the Asian giant, but no one was found infected, a media report said.

Like other countries across the globe, Bangladesh has been screening travellers from China at airports since January 21.

Travellers at land ports and seaports were also being screened, Health Minister Zahid Maleque told on Sunday.

“We’ve strengthened the workforce at these ports. We’ll be able to detect any coronavirus infection,” he added.

At Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport, Health Officer Md Shahriar Sazzad said they screened a total of 2,190 passengers from China until Sunday.

By IANS Updated: Jan 27, 2020 10:25:27 pm