China reports 105 new deaths from coronavirus on mainland on Feb 16

China reports 105 new deaths from coronavirus on mainland on Feb 16

Across mainland China, the total number of coronavirus cases rose by 2051 to 70,635, according to the World Health Organisation.

It also ordered villages and districts to implement the "most stringent" measures to stop people from entering and leaving. Cases of the virus have been confirmed in more than two dozen countries worldwide, affecting almost every continent.

The US was the first country to evacuate its citizens from the ship but Australia, Canada, Italy, and Hong Kong have indicated they will follow suit.

"We are fully confident we will soon overcome the current difficulties and we will be able to embrace one another once again".

The U.S. State Department said in a statement early Monday that two chartered planes with more than 300 U.S. citizens and their family members, who had been quarantined for 12 days on the cruise ship, had left Japan for the United States.

Taiwan on Sunday reported its first death from the virus, the fifth fatality outside of mainland China.

"We can not be sure, and if we can not be sure, we have to take precautions", he said. "This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission".

Cases have spread faster than other respiratory viruses this century.

- Beijing will convert an industrial building into a new mask factory, which is expected to produce 250,000 masks per day, in six days to meet the surging demand amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The impact of the virus is such that, now, Chinese wrestlers will not compete in the Asian Championships beginning in Delhi on Tuesday as they have not been granted visas by the government due to the outbreak, a national federation official said today.

Speaking before the latest figures were released Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the drop in new cases showed "that overall the epidemic is controllable".

In the speech to the Politburo Standing Committee - the party's highest council - he gave unspecified orders to help curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

"China has bought the world time".

The update came after China's official media published the speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping in which he indicated that he had led the response to the outbreak from early in the crisis. With the country facing increasing economic pressure - which could have global ramifications - many cities are attempting to return to something like normality. Another 1,563 new suspected cases were reported Sunday. They will be tested and placed under a 14-day quarantine.

On the economic side, Hubei said that "companies should not resume production unless allowed by local epidemic prevention authorities".



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