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Coronavirus China’s Death Toll Rises to 56, more than 2100 affected

Patients in intensive care at a Wuhan hospital. China Daily

The deadly coronavirus has claimed more than 56 lives, all in China with more than 1000 more affected just in China.

The crisis has reached emergency level in China where President  Xi Jinping has warned of an “accelerating spread” of the coronavirus, adding to worries about the scope of a health crisis that has claimed at least 56 lives and triggered emergency health measures in cities across China.

!2 other countries have reported the outbreak of the disease as well, mostly from patients who had returned from China recently. Thailand with 8 cases has the most number of patients reported outside China while Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, United States and Australia had four reported cases.

A nationwide ban on wildlife trade is in place and more than 56 million people in almost 20 cities are affected by travel restrictions and Spring holiday period has been extended to keep people home and contained to limit the spread of the deadly pathogen.

A working group chaired by Premier Li Keqiang to tackle the outbreak decided “to reduce population flows” by extending the Spring Festival holiday which had been scheduled to end on January 30, state news agency Xinhua said.

It was not immediately clear how long the extension is.

“The meeting stressed that the country is at a crucial time in the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, urging Party committees and governments at all levels to take more ‘decisive, powerful and orderly, scientific and well-planned’ measures to effective curb the spread,” Xinhua reported.

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