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Coronavirus: WHO Declares Global Health Emergency

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Coronavirus: WHO Declares Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization has declared the new coronavirus a global emergency as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

On Thursday, an emergency committee of the WHO reconvened in Geneva and reached a decision to declared the virus that broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan three weeks ago a public health emergency of international concern, having considered countries with weaker health systems which are ill-prepared to deal with it.

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WHO’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “the main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries.”

WHO chief commended China for its actions to limit the spread of the virus, saying that “we would have seen many more cases outside China by now — and probably deaths — if it were not for the government’s efforts.

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The health organization added the declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China,” the director stated that “on the contrary, WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak.”

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At least 213 persons in the China have died from the virus, mostly in Hubei, with almost 10,000 cases nationally.

The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 other countries, but no deaths.

Most international cases are in people who had been to Wuhan in Hubei.

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Italy Battles To Contain Europe’s First Major Outbreak Of Coronavirus

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Italy Battles To Contain Europe’s First Major Outbreak Of Coronavirus

After the death of a fourth person as a result of coronavirus, Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza has announced the country is taking severe restrictions to contain the biggest challenge of the coronavirus epidemic presently ravaging the country.

Some restrictions have included the closure of public buildings, limited transport, and the surveillance and quarantine of individuals who may have been exposed to the virus.

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Italy’s confirmed cases surged from three on Friday morning to more than one hundred fifty by Sunday.

Majority of coronavirus infections are still concentrated in mainland china, with nearly seventy-nine thousand cases.  Japan follows with nearly seven hundred fifty cases, and South Korea with more than six hundred.  Italy’s spike now marks the biggest outbreak outside Asia.

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Head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Angelo Borrelli, said at a Sunday news conference three persons have died and more than a hundred infected in Italy.

There are also a hundred ten cases in the northern Italian region of Lombardy. 26 patients are in intensive care units.

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Hundreds Of Chinese Inmates Infected With Novel Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Kills Young Wuhan Doctor As Hundreds Infected In China's Prisons

Chinese prison officials have officials have been fired after more than 500 cases of the newly discovered virus were diagnosed in five prisons across three Chinese provinces, including Hubei, the epicenter of the outbreak.

On Friday, authorities said the virus known as covid-19 has infected hundreds of Chinese inmates, contributing to a jump in reported cases beyond the epicentre in Hubei province, including 100 more in South Korea.

Also, a 29-year-old doctor in Wuhan who worked in respiratory and critical care at Jiangxia district’s First People’s Hospital has become the latest victim of the coronavirus.

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Wuhan health authorities said Peng Yinhua had contracted the infection while working on the “front line”, he was admitted to hospital on 25 January. His condition dramatically worsened by 30 January, when he was sent to the Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan for emergency treatment.

According to a statement from his hospital, Weng died on Thursday at 9.50pm.

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China’s National Health Commission on Friday said it had received 75,465 reports of confirmed cases and 2,236 deaths on the Chinese mainland.

An additional 102 confirmed infections have been reported in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao as well as Taiwan, with two deaths in Hong Kong and one in Taiwan.

On Friday, Hubei province revised its number of newly confirmed cases to add 220 infections from the province’s prison system. Officials did not say when those infections took place but said that a total of 271 cases, of which 51 had already been counted, had been diagnosed.

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On Thursday, in the eastern province of Shandong, 200 prisoners and seven guards tested positive in Rencheng prison, after infections among correctional officers were first detected last week.

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China’s Hubei, Epicentre Of Coronavirus, Extends Work Suspension To March 11

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China's Hubei, Epicentre Of Coronavirus, Extends Work Suspension To March 11

China’s Hubei province has ordered all schools and businesses to remain shut until mid-march because of the coronavirus epidemic.

Authorities say only businesses involved in epidemic prevention and control or necessary public services would be exempted.

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Hubei is the epicentre of the outbreak, which has infected some 75,000 people and killed about 2,100.

On Wednesday, authorities in Iran confirmed three new cases of the virus known as Covid-19, a day after two people died from the infection in the city of Qom.

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