Coronavirus outbreak in China claims the death toll to 1,114 until February 11 midnight


New Delhi: More than 90 people died from the coronavirus outbreak in China on Tuesday, pushing the death toll to 1,114 until midnight, Chinese health officials said on Wednesday.

The total number of infections has risen to 44,742 with more than 33,300 cases reported from the worst-hit central Chinese province of Hubei, the officials added.

The Geneva-based WHO has given a new name to the disease, Covid-19, which was announced late on Tuesday.

The soaring numbers come in the backdrop of authorities ordering the sealing of residential buildings in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, from Tuesday to prevent human-to-human transmission.

“All residential communities will be sealed off from Tuesday, in a bid to further strengthen the control of the epidemic and minimise the flow of personnel,” a government notice said adding that “…all building units with confirmed patients or suspected cases should be strictly closed and managed.”

“Suspected cases with mild symptoms including patients who have a fever should be quarantined and treated at nearby designated medical institutions. They shall not seek medical treatment in other districts to curb the spread of the virus,” another notice, quoted by Chinese state media, said.

The city, and much of Hubei province, has been under an unprecedented lockdown January 23 onwards to contain the outbreak.

The Hubei housing authority has announced that all the residential areas in the province would restrict people from going in and out amid coronavirus outbreak, all people would have body temperature checked before entry, provincial media reported.

“Wuhan, epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, is still at very difficult moment, although 2019 n-CoV has lower death rate compared to SARS and MERS, the city has not completely solved the problem of people-to-people transmission,” Zhong Nanshan, the Chinese government top medical advisor on the epidemic said on Tuesday.

The province reported 1,638 new cases of novel coronavirus pneumonia on February 11, with 94 new deaths and 417 cases of recovery. The total number of infections in the province climbed to 33,366, with 1,068 deaths and 2,639 cases of recovery.


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