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Hong Kong records the first coronavirus death

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.

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