China virus death toll rises to 56, total cases near 2,000

Virus death toll in China rises to 56 with about 2,000 cases

The vast majority of the infections and all the deaths have been in mainland China, but fresh cases are popping up.

People might be suspected of having the virus if they show symptoms of the illness and have recently traveled to Wuhan, China, or if they have had contact with someone else who is getting checked for the illness.

China also announced further transport restrictions, with more than 1,400 people infected worldwide, a lot of them in China.

Almost all of those who died were in the Wuhan region, but officials have confirmed two deaths elsewhere.

U.S. coffee chain Starbucks said it was closing all its outlets in Hubei province for the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, following a similar move by McDonald's in five Hubei cities.

Dove flew back to Heathrow from China via Hong Kong and said no information was given out at any point. A third case was announced in a statement from her ministry about three hours later.

On the first day of the Lunar New Year, China's President Xi Jinping stressed the urgency of controlling the outbreak - which includes hundreds more confirmed cases since Friday - and urged state authorities to prioritize containment efforts.

The Department of Health confirmed it was trying to find "as many passengers as we can" who arrived from the region in the past two weeks to check on their wellbeing. Local media said the patient was a man in his 40s who was originally from Wuhan and on a trip to Japan.

On Friday, Whitty said there was a "fair chance" cases would emerge in Britain as the number of cases reported worldwide rose to more than 1,300, including 41 deaths - all in China.


Dr. Matthew Tenenbaum, associate medical officer of health, said the actions being implemented locally and internationally are based upon what was learned from SARS and other viruses such as MERS.

France said that three people had fallen ill with the virus - the disease's first appearance in Europe. All are Chinese nationals on holiday from Wuhan who arrived in the country from Singapore two days earlier. The government said that surveillance has been increased at the airport "and suspicious patients entering Nepal are being monitored".

South Korea confirmed its second case of the virus on Friday.

"This is the first confirmed case". The patient is in stable condition. "Before I went I had heard there were cases of pneumonia and people were saying it could be SARS, but my colleagues at the university said it was happening really far away form them".

Many events have been cancelled and a new hospital is being built in the city of Wuhan.

All arrivals from the rest of China - including Hong Kong and Macau - must fill out health declaration forms on arrival.

In addition, Hubei is also experiencing a shortage of virus testing kits and face masks. Now, no one can leave Wuhan, as Chinese officials enforce unprecedented travel restrictions in and around the city to quarantine about 36 million people.

State broadcaster CCTV, citing an announcement from China's tourism industry association, said the country would halt all group tours, both at home and overseas, from Monday.

Both were treated and are recovering.

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