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Coronavirus: 425 dead in China, more than 20,400 cases

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — China said Tuesday it would accept US aid to fight the 2019-nCoV coronavirus epidemic after accusing Washington of helping to create an atmosphere of panic, while the death toll in China rose to 425 on Monday evening.

Sixty-four new deaths have been reported in the province of Hubei, home of the epidemic, according to the last report stopped on the evening of February 3, announced the National Health Commission.

In addition, 3,235 new cases were identified on Monday, bringing the total to 20,438, she said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the 2019-noROvirus epidemic as a public health emergency of international concern.

Wuhan’s coronavirus, the earliest cases of which appear to be linked to a city’s live animal market, the Huanan South China Seafood Market, may be of animal origin, although the initial source of contamination has not been formally identified to date.

Beijing on Monday denounced the behavior of Washington accused of having helped create an atmosphere of panic instead of providing support.

The United States declared a state of health emergency on Saturday and announced that it refused entry to its territory to foreign nationals who went to China, an exceptional measure imitated on Monday by Australia.

A spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday that the United States “should adopt an objective, just, calm and rational attitude” and “should refrain from overreacting.”

“China has noted that the United States has repeatedly expressed its willingness to provide aid to China, and hopes that this relevant aid will soon be provided,” said a statement on the ministry’s website.

At the same time, many other countries are trying to stop the spread of the virus by limiting the flow of people to and from China while mobilizing their resources to repatriate their nationals.

France thus welcomed a second plane on Sunday carrying 254 people from 30 countries. Among them, 64 French people added to the 180 people repatriated Friday and placed in confinement in stride.

The United States intends to continue evacuations of Americans and Russia has announced repatriations from Wuhan from Monday while cutting rail links with China.

Moscow also announced restrictions on the entry on the Russian territory of the foreigners arriving from China, while clarifying that this measure did not concern Chérémétiévo, the principal airport of the capital.

Fears about the virus are now spreading to economic and financial circles.

Traditionally closed during Lunar New Year holidays, Chinese equity markets were suspended longer than usual before reopening on Monday and experiencing a dramatic debacle, wiping out $ 400 billion in value in the space of a single session, ended on a decline of 7.7%.

China’s central bank has decided to inject $ 174 billion into monetary circuits to try to stem panic, but observers are now confident that the virus and the measures taken to curb its spread will have a negative effect on Chinese growth.

This prospect led to a drop in oil prices. Sources told Reuters on Monday that OPEC and its allies are planning to cut their daily production by another 500,000 barrels.

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