571 cases of coronavirus confirmed in China

571 cases of coronavirus confirmed in China
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  • calendar-gray 23 January 2020

At least 17 people have died so far in an outbreak of previously unknown pneumonia, later identified as a new type of coronavirus, that rocked the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December, APA reports citing Sputnik.

China has confirmed a total of 571 cases of coronavirus, Chinese state TV reported on Thursday.

"As of 24:00 on 22 January, our committee had received a total of 571 confirmed cases of pneumonia of new coronavirus infection in 25 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities) in China, including 95 severe cases and 17 deaths (all from Hubei Province). A total of 393 suspected cases were reported in 13 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities)", the local health authorities said in a statement.

On Wednesday, residents of the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the infection started, were put on a travel ban due to concerns over the virus turning into an epidemic. 

Cases of the dangerous infection have already been registered in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the United States, and Macau. The Brazilian authorities also suspect another person has been affected by the virus.

"Confirmed cases reported overseas: one case in Hong Kong, China, one case in Macau, one case in Taiwan, China; one case in the United States, one case in Japan, three cases in Thailand, and one case in South Korea", the health authorities say.

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