Coronavirus epidemic: China records 910 deaths, over 40,000 cases

Coronavirus epidemic: China records 910 deaths, over 40,000 cases

While the virus' spread outside China appeared to be slow, Ghebreyesus warned it could accelerate.

"This shows the novel coronavirus is not uniformly fatal and that recovery is more likely than dying from the disease", said Dr Edsel Salvana, director of the University of the Philippines' Institute of Molecular Biology.

The new virus is believed to have appeared past year at a market in Hubei's capital, Wuhan, the city in the center of the outbreak, where wild animals are sold.

The virus, first detected in Wuhan, Hubei's capital, has killed more people than the 2002-2003 SARS coronavirus epidemic, which sickened 8,098 and claimed the lives of 774 globally.

Over 40,000 cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed, the majority of which are in China.

All but two of the overall total of 813 deaths have so far been in mainland China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping wearing a protective face mask receives a temperature check as he visits a community health centre in Beijing

Hong Kong has begun a mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China.

While the race is on to find a vaccine, the World Health Organisaton has declared a global health emergency and urged the worldwide community to cooperate with each other. While in Macao 10 cases were reported, Taiwan reported 16 cases, it said.

When asked about a proposed World Health Organization global mission in China, he said a list of names had been submitted to the Chinese authorities and the team leader would travel there on Monday or Tuesday.

In total, 64 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Yokohama have now tested positive for the coronavirus. An 60-year-old from who died at the hospital on Thursday is the first American known to have died after being infected by the coronavirus. There are now four confirmed cases in B.C. and three in Ontario.

There is no vaccine to protect against the virus, although the National Institutes of Health in Maryland had confirmed to Fox News that they were in the "early stages" of developing one.

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