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Coronavirus: China’s death toll rises to 1,523, nearly 66,500 cases

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Covid-19 coronavirus caused an additional 143 deaths in mainland China on Friday, Chinese health officials reported on Saturday, bringing the country’s death toll to 1,523 since the virus began Wuhan last December.

In its daily report, the Health Commission said that 2,641 additional cases of contamination were confirmed Friday, bringing to 66,492 the number of patients infected with the virus in China.

In Hubei province alone, the number of coronavirus-related deaths increased by 139 on Friday, including 107 in Wuhan. The number of fatal cases now stands at 1,123 in the provincial capital.

The People’s Daily, the official body of the Communist Party in the Chinese capital, reported that everyone returning to Beijing from Friday had to place themselves in quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus Covid-19.

People who refuse to respect this period of isolation or follow other instructions to stop the epidemic will be punished, the newspaper added.

Outside China, some 450 cases of contamination have been identified in some twenty countries. A third death outside mainland China was reported on Thursday in Japan. The first two fatal cases had been reported in the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Chinese health workers are suffering the brunt of the coronavirus epidemic, 1,716 of whom have been infected with the virus and six have died.

The joint World Health Organization (WHO) and China mission is expected to begin its investigations into the coronavirus epidemic this weekend and will prioritize efforts to determine how the disease is spread and how dangerous it is, said Friday. the Director-General of WHO.

The mission will also seek to collect details of when, where and how the more than 1,700 health workers infected so far have been infected, WHO officials said.

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