First person dies from Coronavirus in Europe

In another drastic preventive measure, China's central bank said on Saturday that used banknotes were being disinfected with ultraviolet light or high temperatures, and stored for up to 14 days before they are put back into circulation. It was unclear how authorities would enforce the measure.

World Health Organization (WHO) officials said today a jump in the number of new cases of coronavirus in China reflects a "broader definition" of a case of infection.

"We're concerned by the continued increase of the number of cases in China", he added. International Business Machines Corp said on Feb. 14 it had cancelled its participation in the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco at the end of February due to coronavirus-related concerns.

He also said it could months or years to be able to confirm just how active the virus is.

Organisers of next week's gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne said on February 15 the entire Chinese team had pulled out due to travel restrictions.

The daughter of the elderly Chinese woman is also infected but is believed to be recovering, the French health minister said.

"Through our efforts the epidemic is overall under control", he said.

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Only three deaths had previously been reported outside mainland China - in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan.

On Saturday, Chinese officials confirmed that 2,641 new cases were reported in the country.

The virus is killing about 2 percent of those infected and has spread faster than other respiratory viruses that emerged this century.

The WHO chief said an worldwide team of experts is now on the ground in China to understand the outbreak, and to inform the next steps in the global response.

The new strain of coronavirus - COVID-19 - was first detected in Wuhan, located in the province of Hubei, in December and has since spread to more than 25 countries.

Here, all but one of the nine patients in the United Kingdom to have tested positive for the virus have been released from hospital.

  • Ismael Montgomery