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BBC News 28 Jan 2020

Coronavirus: Death toll from China virus outbreak passes 100

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The death toll from the new coronavirus now stands at 106, with the number of infections almost doubling in a day to more than 4,500.

The rise comes as governments scramble to control the spread of the virus. Hong Kong is going to slash cross-border travel with mainland China.

Meanwhile, Japan is sending a plane to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, to evacuate its citizens

The virus has spread across China and to at least 16 countries globally.

Hong Kong has announced plans to slash cross-border travel between the city and mainland China as the new coronavirus continues to spread.

More than 100 people have now died in China, with confirmed infections surging to more than 4,500.

High-speed trains and ferries that cross the border will be suspended from Thursday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced. She wore a face mask.

The virus has spread across China and to at least 16 countries globally.

Several foreign governments with large numbers of citizens in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, are considering evacuations. Japan is sending a plane later on Tuesday.

Wuhan, as well as the wider Hubei province, are already effectively in a lockdown with strict transport restrictions in and out of the area. Wearing masks in public is now mandatory in some Chinese cities.


Over 3,400 people have died from the coronavirus in Italy, officially surpassing the death toll from the virus in China. Aired on 03/19/2020.
Despite Italy's much smaller size, the country's 3,400 deaths surpass China's death toll, and Spain's number of cases is also exploding.
Coronavirus cases have surged around Europe, despite strict restrictions on people's movements.
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy rose in the past 24 hours by 427 to 3,405, overtaking the total number of deaths so far registered in China, officials said on Thursday.
Al Jazeera's Nadim Baba also reports on the developments in Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Spain's death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed the official figure from China, becoming the second highest in the world.

Deaths have risen by 738 in just 24 hours to a total of 3,434 - a record spike for Spain.

In comparison, China has officially reported 3,285 deaths, while Italy - the worst affected country - has 6,820.

Spain's prime minister will later ask MPs to extend his country's state of emergency for another two weeks.

Lawmakers are expected to agree to Pedro Sánchez's request for lockdown measures to stay in place until 11 April. Under the rules, people are banned from leaving home except for buying essential supplies and medicines, or for work.

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