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It is too early to tell if this reported decline will continue. Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan have each reported one fatality, while France on Saturday announced the first death outside Asia, an elderly Chinese tourist.

However, World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the trend "must be interpreted very cautiously".

About 14% of the illnesses were severe, which included pneumonia and shortness of breath, and about 5% have critical disease, marked by respiratory failure, septic shock, and multi-organ failure.

The fatality rate for these confirmed cases was 2.3% - 2.8% for males and 1.7% for females.

China's biannual auto show, one of the industry's biggest global events, has been postponed, and many sports and entertainment events have been delayed or canceled to avoid travel that may spread the virus.

The paper by the CCDC, released on Monday and published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology, looked at all 72,314 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed across China as of 11 February, including confirmed, suspected, and asymptomatic cases. "Every scenario is still on the table", he told reporters on Monday. A total of 1,381 people in Wuhan have now died from the virus. Ordinary influenza has a fatality rate of 0.1% yet kills hundreds of thousands because it infects millions each year.

The findings put the overall death rate of the Covid-19 virus at 2.3%. Some 78% of the respondents also said they do not have sufficient staff at their Chinese plants to resume full production, as public health restrictions make it harder for workers to return to their jobs after an extended holiday.

Chinese health officials have urged patients who recovered from the coronavirus to donate blood so that plasma can be extracted to treat others who are critically ill.

People wear face masks as protection from coronavirus in the main shopping area, in downtown Shanghai, China February 17, 2020. The passengers were preparing to return to the United States on a chartered aircraft when USA officials received notice that 14 people had tested positive for COVID-19, according to to the statement.

Outside mainland China, there have been about 900 infections reported in almost 30 locations. But Japan, Singapore and South Korea have identified new cases without clear ties to China or previously known patients, raising concern of the virus spreading locally.

Most of the 1,770 who have died in mainland China were in that region, but officials have confirmed multiple deaths elsewhere, including the capital Beijing.

As of Monday, 70,548 people had been infected across China, the majority in and around Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where the outbreak was first reported.

The fatalities include a U.S. citizen.

The largest number of cases outside China is among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined at a port near Tokyo.



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