Coronavirus: China virus deaths rise past 900 with over 40,000 infected

About 60 more novel coronavirus cases on Japan cruise ship: NHK

China's mainland death toll from the novel coronavirus has surged past 900 as at early morning of February 10, overtaking global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as the World Health Organization said the outbreak appeared to be stabilising.

Additional 91 more people died in Hubei which is the province at the centre of the outbreak, the toll is now higher than the 774 killed worldwide by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

40,171 has been confirmed infected nationwide with more than 3,000 new cases reported, the National Health Commission said on February 10. The latest data came after the WHO said the last four days had seen “some stabilising” in Hubei, but warned the figures could still “shoot up”.

The killer mysterious virus is believed to have emerged late last year in Hubei's capital Wuhan, where residents are struggling to get daily supplies. The epidemic has prompted the government to lock down whole cities as anger mounts over its handling of the crisis — especially after a whistleblowing doctor fell victim to the virus.

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With much of the country still not back at work after an extended Lunar New Year holiday, cities including financial hub Shanghai ordered residents to wear masks in public.

Michael Ryan, head of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said the “stable period” of the outbreak “may reflect the impact of the control measures”.

A WHO “international expert mission” left late on February 9 for China, the agency's director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter. The mission is led by Bruce Aylward, a veteran of previous health emergencies.

While the death toll has climbed steadily, new cases have declined since the single-day peak of nearly 3,900 people nationwide on February 5.

The outbreak has since spread to dozens of other countries globally prompting though measures at contain what WHO has declared to be an emergency of international health concern.

About 60 more novel coronavirus cases on Japan cruise ship: NHK

In Tokyo, about up to 60 more people on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship moored off Japan have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus, national broadcaster NHK said on Monday.

Other local media also reported approximately 60 more cases had been confirmed, raising the number of infected passengers and crew to around 130. 

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