UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Hong Kong registered the first death of the new coronavirus on its soil on Tuesday, the second death outside the mainland as a result of an outbreak that killed 420 people and spread worldwide, and raised concerns about global economic growth.
The Chinese exchange markets and equities settled in volatile trading after concern of the spread of Corona virus hit the yuan on Monday, and the main index of the Shanghai Stock Exchange lost about 400 billion dollars in market value.
More foreigners were evacuated from central China’s Wuhan, a hotbed of disease and subject to isolation, and thousands remained trapped inside a Japanese cruise ship after tests showed that one of its passengers was infected with the virus.
With the death of a Hong Kong patient, the total number of deaths from the virus has reached 427, including one man who died in the Philippines last week after visiting Wuhan. The Chinese authorities said that the total death toll in China increased record-breaking by 64 cases from the previous day to 425 cases, most of them in the province of Hunbei and its capital, Wuhan.
New cases have been reported in the United States, including a California patient who was infected by close contact with someone in the same house who contracted the virus in China.
It is the second human infection from person to person in the United States after another similar case was detected in Illinois last week.
“We expect to see other cases of transmission of the disease from one person to another,” said Dr. Nancy Msoniere, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
The total number of injuries in China has increased by 3,235 cases to 20,438 cases, and there are at least 151 cases in 23 other countries or regions.
The World Health Organization declared the spread of influenza-like illness a global emergency, although experts say that many features of the disease are still unknown, including the death rate it causes and the modes of transmission.
This ambiguity prompted some countries to take maximum measures to limit the spread of the virus. Australia has sent hundreds of citizens evacuated from Wuhan to a remote island in the Indian Ocean, while Japan has ordered a quarantine on a cruise ship carrying more than 3,700 people after tests showed a Hong Kong man who had sailed to it last month was infected with the Coruna virus.
In Hong Kong, hospital staff said the 39-year-old patient was suffering from a chronic chronic disease and visited Wuhan in January before contracting Corona.
Hundreds of medical workers in the former British colony participated in a strike for the second day in a row to force the government to completely close the city’s borders with the mainland, a day after Chief Executive Carey Lam left three open crossings.
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