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Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000, China says

Beijing / Chinese health authorities Tuesday said 1,016 people had died and 42,638 remained infected with a new coronavirus that for weeks has put Wuhan city under lockdown.

According to China’s National Health Commission’s latest count at midnight local time (16.00 GMT Monday), 7,333 serious cases had been recorded, while 3,996 people had been discharged.

The commission said it had tracked 428,438 patients in close contact with those infected, of which 187,728 are still under observation.

Of the latter, 21,675 are suspected of having contracted the virus.

At 108, Tuesday’s data reflects the largest increase in the number of deceased in a single day, in addition to surpassing the 1,000-death mark.

A further 2,478 people were added to the list of new infections. Wednesday marked the beginning of a slight slowdown in the number of new infected registered daily, according to official statistics, which said another 716 patients were also discharged Tuesday.

Of the 108 deaths, 103 occurred in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital and epicenter of the outbreak, and has remained in de facto quarantine since Jan. 23.

The remaining five cases were distributed among Beijing, Tianjin, Heilongjiang (both in the northeast), Anhui Province and Henan Province (both in the east). Hubei also holds 2,097 of the 2,478 new cases.

To date, all but two deaths – in the Philippines and Hong Kong – have occurred in mainland China and, although about 20 countries have identified cases, China accounts for about 99% of those infected.

The director-general of the World Health Organization on Monday called on the international community not to politicise the coronavirus response.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the outbreak as a “common enemy against humanity” and said all countries need to work together to defeat it.

Scientists worldwide will meet Tuesday to accelerate the development of diagnoses, treatments and vaccines against the disease.

The symptoms of the new coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV, are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever, fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath). (February 11, EFE/Practica Español)

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por el momento no ha aumentado la cifra de personas fallecidas por ese coronavirus.
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todos los decesos se han registrado en la China continental.
los síntomas de ese coronavirus son similares a los de un resfriado normal.
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se han registrado una veintena de decesos en Filipinas y Hong Kong.
más de setecientas personas han sido dadas de alta.
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