Coronavirus death toll in mainland China rises to 1,665

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More than 68,000 people have now been infected - but the number of new cases of the COVID-19 strain continued to decline.

France reported the death of a Chinese tourist from Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.

No other countries in the region reported new cases of the virus.

United Nations health agency director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urged governments to step up their efforts to prepare for the virus, saying "it's impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take".

"Work with us to sound the appropriate level of alarm, without fanning the flames of hysteria".

Tedros told a gathering of worldwide foreign and security policy leaders in Munich yesterday that WHO is encouraged there has not yet been widespread transmission outside China and that "the steps China has taken to contain the outbreak at its source appear to have bought the world time".

US' Center for Disease Control (CDC) has said that the virus has already spread to 27 countries, including Japan, which reported its first fatality. The Cambodian Health Ministry and the ship's operator, Holland America, both asked Malaysia to do secondary testing to confirm the diagnosis. A dozen global and World Health Organization experts will be meeting with a similar number of Chinese experts to review data and make field visits to several Chinese provinces, all in aid of developing response and containment steps.

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The revision added almost 15,000 patients to Hubei's tally on Thursday, with the World Health Organisation noting that cases going back weeks were retroactively counted.

Till now, total 1666 persons have died in China due to novel coronavirus and The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 68584. The anger reached a peak earlier this month following the death of Li Wenliang, a young doctor who was reprimanded by local police for trying to spread a warning about the virus.

"On Friday in Beijing, a 14-day period of self-quarantine was imposed on people returning from holidays".

More than 2 lots countries have actually verified cases, and numerous have actually suspended trade and take a trip relate to China in a quote to consist of the spread of the infection.

The US, Canada and Hong Kong said they will evacuate their own citizens from the ship, and quarantine them on home soil. The vast majority of those suffering from the virus are in China.

In another development a Communist Party outlet published an internal speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping, dated 7 January.

The province's top two health officials have also been fired.

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