Coronavirus death toll rises to 170 as virus spreads to mainland China

Agency, 30 January : The death toll of the coronavirus has risen to 170 and with a confirmed case in Tibet, the virus has now spread to every region in mainland China.

Chinese health authorities have said there were 7,711 confirmed cases in the country as of 29 January. Infections have also spread to at least 16 other countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will meet on Thursday to discuss whether the virus constitutes a global health emergency.

The virus is thought to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and that is where most cases and deaths have been reported.

The city has effectively been sealed off and China has put numerous transport restrictions in place to curb the spread of the virus.

People who have been in Hubei Province are also being told by their employers to work from home until it is considered safe for them to return. The Chinese Football Association has announced the postponement of all games in the 2020 season.

Several international airlines have stopped or scaled back their routes to China and companies from Starbucks to Tesla have closed their stores and production lines.



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