Coronavirus Outbreak: The death toll in China has climbed to 213 with number of confirmed cases totalling 9,692, China’s national authorities announced on Friday. Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, confirmed 5,806 cases, including 204 deaths. Meanwhile, a total of 213 people have died of the infection as of Thursday, local news agency reported.
Likewise, Chinese health authorities announced that 9,692 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by coronavirus have been reported in 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. Meanwhile, 20 countries, including India, have reported confirmed cases of the virus in people coming from China.
China has stated that it had full confidence and capability to fight against the virus. It is pertinent to mention that World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus as a global health emergency.
UN Health agency on Friday declared an international emergency over the deadly novel coronavirus from China. World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the virus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). He said that “Our main concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in a press statement said, “The Chinese government has taken the most comprehensive prevention and control measures with responsibility for people’s health.”