Coronavirus: 'Way too early' to predict end of outbreak, World Health Organization says

Coronavirus death roll rises to 1,113 new suspected cases in China

In China, the number of fatalities in hard-hit Hubei province jumped by 242 deaths, the local health authority said on Thursday, pushing the toll from the outbreak nationwide past 1,350.

The National Health Commission said 2,015 new cases had been tallied Tuesday, the second straight daily decline and down from almost 3,900 a week ago.

China on February 12 reported another drop in the number of new cases of a viral infection and 97 more deaths, pushing the total dead past 1,100 as postal services worldwide said delivery was being affected by the cancellation of many flights to China.

However, one of the government's top epidemiologists says the number of patients could spike again.

Despite the official end of the extended Lunar New Year holiday, China remained mostly closed for business as many remained at home, with some 60 million people under virtual quarantine.

The virus, first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far killed more than 1,000 people and infected at least 42,000. To be honest, a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. Photo: U.S. Mission Geneva/Eric Bridiers.

Now 175 people on the ship are infected with the virus.

The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on a cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama, with 174 of about 3,700 people on board having tested positive.

The deadly virus has spread to more than 25 countries.

Authorities avoided using the word "quarantine", instead saying that people are being isolated in their homes during the illness' 14-day incubation period, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch explains how the report got it wrong.

President Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the ruling Politburo Standing Committee after figures showed that the number of new cases dropped for the second straight day, fuelling hopes the epidemic could peak later this month.

"We are not defenceless", Tedros said, adding: "If we invest now... we have a realistic chance of stopping this outbreak".

The case of a British man who passed on the virus to at least 11 other people - without having been in China - has raised fears of a new phase of contagion overseas. "The problem of human-to-human transmission has not yet been resolved".

Outside the province, the number of new patients has declined for the past week. One-third of Tianjin's 104 confirmed cases are in Baodi district, where the store is situated, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

"Just as the H1N1 influenza outbreak in the United States in 2009 should not be called an "American virus, ' the NCP (novel coronavirus pneumonia) is neither a "China virus" nor 'Wuhan virus".



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