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Posted in World
February 4, 2020

Coronavirus death toll reaches 425, China agrees to take US help

China said it would accept U.S. help in combating a coronavirus epidemic a day after Washington was accused of scaremongering, and the death toll on Tuesday increased to more than 420 by a new daily high.

As of the end of Monday, the toll in China increased to 425, up by a record 64 from the previous day, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday. All the new deaths were in the province of central Hubei, the epicenter of the virus outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the flu-like virus a global emergency, but experts say much of the pathogen, including his lethality, is still unknown.

“We expect to see more person-to-person cases spreading,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the U.S. National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease. Disease Control and Prevention Centres (CDC).

The overall number of infections in China increased by 3,235 on Tuesday to 20,438 and in 23 other countries and regions, including the United States, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Britain, there are at least 151 cases.

In the United States, the CDC reported a handful of new cases, bringing the U.S. total to 11, including a patient throughout California who was infected by close contact with someone in the same household who had been infected in China.

This marked the second instance of the person-to-person spread of the virus in the US after such a case was confirmed in Illinois last week.

China accused the United States of whipping up hysteria over the Chinese stock market’s coronavirus outbreak plummeted about 8 percent on Monday the first day back from an extended Lunar New Year holiday.

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