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Coronavirus outbreak in China: 41 people die, 1287 cases confirmed

Coronavirus outbreak in China: 41 people die, 1287 cases confirmed

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 25 Jan 2020, 07:05 am

Beijing/IBNS: The death from the outbreak of coronavirus outbreak in China has now touched 41, officials said on Saturday.

Chinese health authorities announced Saturday that 1,287 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), including 237 in critical conditions, had been reported in the country by the end of Friday, reported Xinhua news agency.

Thirty-nine deaths have been reported from central China's Hubei Province, one in north China's Hebei Province and one in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, according to the National Health Commission, the news agency said in its report.

A total of 1,965 suspected cases have been reported so far.

The virus outbreak has taken place at a time when people across the country are traveling due to the celebration of Lunar New Year holiday.

It is China's important festival.

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are described by WHO as “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases”.

Probably the best known is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, commonly known as SARS, which broke out in Asia in 2003, and spread to countries in North America, South America and Europe, killing nearly 650 people in China before being successfully contained later that year.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people, and there are several known coronaviruses currently circulating in animals, that have not yet infected humans.
 

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Unsplash/Michael Amadeus A women wearing a face mask.

Coronavirus outbreak in China: 41 people die, 1287 cases confirmed

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