China virus cases surge
January 28, 2020 - China’s death toll from a new viral disease that is causing mounting global concern has risen to more than 100 as countries around the world prepare to fly their citizens out of Wuhan, the locked-down city at the centre of the outbreak.
China's death toll from the new viral disease rose to 106, including the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 others in Hubei province, where the first illnesses were detected in December.
The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where authorities cut off most access on Jan 22 in an effort to contain the disease, was preparing to fly its diplomats and some other Americans out of the city on Wednesday. Japan and South Korea said they would send planes to Wuhan this week to evacuate their citizens. France, Mongolia and other governments also planned evacuations.
China’s increasingly drastic containment efforts began with the suspension of plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. That lockdown has expanded to 17 cities with more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease-control measures ever imposed.
There were 1,771 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in China on Monday Jan 27, raising the national total to more than 4,500, according to the National Health Commission. It said 976 people were in serious condition.
There have been more than 60 confirmed cases outside China, including the U.S., Australia, France and Germany.
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