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Posted in World
January 30, 2020

Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 170

In the new virus outbreak in China on Thursday, the death toll rose to 170 as foreign evacuees from the worst-hit region return home under close observation and world health officials expressed “great concern” that the disease is beginning to spread among people outside of China.

The figures for Thursday cover the previous 24 hours, representing an increase of 38 deaths and 1,737 cases for a total of 7,711. Of the latest deaths, 37 were at the outbreak epicenter in Hubei province and one was in Sichuan province in the southwest.

The news comes as the 195 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, the 11 million-strong city of Hubei province where the outbreak originated, undergo three days of testing and monitoring at a military base in Southern California to ensure that they do not show signs of the virus.

According to the foreign ministry, a group of 210 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan landed a second government-chartered flight Thursday at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. Nine of those on board the flight reported showing signs of cough and fever. During a parliamentary session, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said three of the 206 Japanese who returned on Wednesday tested positive for the new coronavirus.

France, New Zealand, Australia and other countries are also taking out, or planning to, their people.

The Chief Emergency Officer of the World Health Organization said the few cases of human-to-human virus transmission outside China — in Japan, Germany, Canada, and Vietnam — were of “great concern” and were part of the UN’s explanation. The director-general of the health agency called a committee of experts on Thursday to determine whether the epidemic should be declared a global emergency.

France, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries are also taking out, or planning to, their people.

The Chief Emergency Officer of the World Health Organization said the few cases of human-to-human virus transmission outside China — in Japan, Germany, Canada, and Vietnam — were of “great concern” and were part of the UN’s explanation. The director-general of the health agency called a committee of experts on Thursday to determine whether the epidemic should be declared a global emergency.

The Chief Emergency Officer of the World Health Organization said the few cases of human-to-human virus transmission outside China — in Japan, Germany, Canada, and Vietnam — were of “great concern” and were part of the UN’s explanation. The director-general of the health agency called a committee of experts on Thursday to determine whether the epidemic should be declared a global emergency.

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