Coronavirus Death Toll Rises in China, Country Struggling with Spread

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According to the National Health Commission of China, the number of cases due to Coronavirus in the country has become more than 2,600. This has been said one day after people who were going back from their holidays to the Capital were asked to stay in isolation for 14 days to prevent the outbreak of the disease. China’s official Beijing Daily newspaper, in its newspaper, cited a notice from the Beijing’s virus prevention working group which said, “All those who have returned to Beijing should stay at home or submit to group observation for 14 days.” It further said that those who did not follow the control measures, “will be held accountable for the law.”

There has also been an increase in the number of deaths from 143 to 1,523. Most new deaths have been recorded in Hubei and the capital of Wuhan where the virus broke out first.

Liang Wannian, the National Health Commission official mentioned that the commission was focusing on reducing the fatality rate and lower the infection rate. He also said that the government was trying every possible step to diminish the “spread of the virus in Wuhan” where, according to Reuters, 1,123 people lost their lives due to the virus.

After the Lunar New Year holiday which was increased by ten days to prevent the spread of the virus, China has been struggling to have a smooth running of its economy. There are travel restrictions in different places and several factories are still closed due to the situation. According to Liu Xiamong who is the vice minister of transport, the trade volume now is just “one-fifth to one-sixth the normal level.”

Several trade fairs, conferences of industries and also trade fairs have been “affected by the spread of the virus.”

Andanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO chief, recently mentioned that there will be a joint mission by WHO and China to investigate coronavirus’s outbreak and the way it is spreading.

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