Coronavirus death toll climbs to 106; over 4000 people infected
Published: 10:01 AM, 28 January 2020 Updated: 12:54 PM, 28 January 2020
The intensive care unit at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China; Photo: AP
106 people have died from the new coronavirus and more than 4,000 people are now infected, Chinese authorities said - fears that the cases of newly have almost doubled which will increase further.
The number of total confirmed cases in China rose to 4,515 till January 27, increased to 2,835 a day earlier. — reports BBC.
Meanwhile, the country has further tightened travel restrictions to try and curb the spread of the virus.
Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, thought to be the epicenter of the virus, is already ineffective lockdown as is much of surrounding Hubei province.
Across China, several major cities have suspended public transport systems.
It is initially thought the coronavirus may come from any animal. As far as the information is known, the traumatic event has occurred in a wholesale seafood market in Wuhan, China. It causes several acute respiratory infections and there is no specific cure or vaccine.
Most of the deaths have been of elderly people or those with pre-existing respiratory problems.
The outbreak of the coronavirus comes during the Lunar New Year celebration which usually sees millions across the country on the move to visit relatives and friends.
The new year holiday has been extended by three days to Sunday, in an attempt to contain the spread.
The number of those infected internationally has also gone up with new cases in Singapore and Germany.
The United States, which has also had several infected cases, has urged its nationals to “reconsider travel” to China and is advising against travel to Hubei.
Many other countries have also warned against any non-essential travel to China while some are planning to fly their citizens trapped in Wuhan out of the country.