WHO Sends Experts’ Team To China As Novel Coronavirus Toll Rises To 909

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GENEVA (Switzerland): World Health Organization(WHO) has sent a team of international experts to China to help combat the Novel Coronavirus outbreak as the death toll rises to 909. Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the international team left for China yesterday.

As many as 97 new deaths and 3073 new cases have been reported due to novel coronavirus in China yesterday. The total number of confirmed cases has reached 40235 in China and around 320 abroad. More than 3280 patients have been discharged. There are also 23589 are suspected cases.

On Sunday, the director-general urged all countries to “step up efforts to prepare” for the international spread of coronavirus and encouraged leaders to share information about the outbreak in “real time” with the U.N.’s agency for public health.

While pushing for donors to hit the fundraising goal of $675 million, Adhanom, Ethiopia’s former minister of health, provided a disconcerting perspective: Though he reiterated his “call for calm,” he also stated that the current level of the virus’s outbreak “may only be … the tip of the iceberg.”

On Sunday, deaths from the coronavirus in China — where infections were first reported in the city of Wuhan in late December — surpassed the total from the SARS outbreak of 2002–3.

To date, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed 908, while the death toll of SARS, which is a strain within the same family of viruses, reached 774 worldwide. According to China’s National Health Commission, there are currently 40,171 confirmed cases of the virus.

Outside China, only two people have died from infection: one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

On Saturday, American officials confirmed that a U.S. citizen in Wuhan died from coronavirus.

The Issue:

A pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province in December. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and abroad.

Here is what we know so far:

– Confirmed cases: 40,235 in China, over 300 abroad

– Deaths: 909 in China, 1 abroad

– Recovered: 3,283

– Health experts warn of the risk of reinfection in recovered patients

– Human-to-human transmission confirmed

– Level 1 emergency response activated in 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities on the Chinese mainland

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