China virus death toll surges past 300

The Philippine Health Department said a 44-year-old Chinese man from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the crisis, was hospitalized January 25 with a fever, cough, and sore throat and died after developing severe pneumonia.

The city - where the virus is thought to have emerged late past year in a market illegally trading wildlife - was about to open two new hospitals for virus patients, state broadcaster CCTV and Xinhua news agency reported.

European Union (EU) countries have sent 12 tons of personal protective equipment to China, following a call last week between China's Premier Li Keqiang and the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyden, according to an EU statement yesterday.

As of Saturday, Global Affairs says 502 Canadians in China have now registered with consular officials, a figure that includes those looking to leave the country.

The United States, Australia and New Zealand have all announced that they will not allow foreign nationals who have traveled from or transited through China to enter. Canada lags other western countries, such as the United States and France, which have already repatriated their citizens.

Vietnam counted its seventh case, a Vietnamese-American man who had a two-hour layover in Wuhan on his way from the Ho Chi Minh City.

The country was also on the last day of an extended Lunar New Year holiday, meaning people are starting to return home on planes and trains, though many businesses will remain closed for at least another week.

Outside China, cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in 23 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Italy and Germany.

The US, Japan, Singapore, and Australia have imposed similar restrictions despite criticism from China and an assessment from the World Health Organization that they were unnecessarily hurting trade and travel.

But 10 days after locking down Wuhan, authorities imposed similar draconian measures on Wenzhou, a coastal city of nine million people in Zhejiang province, part of the eastern industrial heartland that has powered China's economic rise over recent decades.

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There were 2,590 new confirmed cases in China, bringing the total to almost 14,500.

The Philippines' Department of Health said that medical officials have been in the process of "identifying those who may have come into close contact with the cases". Apart from damaging China's global reputation, such steps could worsen a domestic economy already growing at its lowest rate in decades.

It raised alarm globally with cases reported across Asia, Europe, the USA and Canada. South Korea now has 15 cases.

In Germany, 2 of 115 evacuees among a group quarantined near Frankfurt have tested positive and have been taken to Frankfurt University Hospital, according to a statement today from Germany's Red Cross.

Indonesia flew back 241 nationals from Wuhan on Sunday and quarantined them on remote Natuna Islands for two weeks.

More than 300 people have died in the outbreak so far, the vast majority from Hubei, and more than 14,000 people worldwide have been infected.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approved a ban on the entry of all non-citizens from China.

That puts the province on top of a growing list of coronavirus cases outside of Hubei.

He was the companion of the 38-year-old woman from Wuhan, China who was the first confirmed case of nCoV in the country.

  • Ismael Montgomery