On Sunday, 97 more people died infected with the coronovirus - the highest number of casualties in one day. The total number of deaths from coronavirus exceeded the number of victims of the SARS (SARS) epidemic in 2003.
At the same time, the number of new cases of this infection has stabilized, but experts say that it is premature to say that the epidemic has reached its peak.
In China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, according to official data from regional authorities, 780 people have already died.
The total number of deaths has reached 908. All but two of them are registered in mainland China.
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In 2003, 774 people died in more than two dozen countries as a result of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic.
The new coronavirus, according to recent data, infected more than 40,000 people, the vast majority of them in China. About 190,000 people in China are under medical supervision.
In January WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak an emergency situation of world importance.
The organization has sent a team of experts to Beijing to help study the virus.
The latest data...
Hubei Province authorities reported 81 deaths on Saturday, while 97 others died on Sunday. This brings the total number of casualties in the region to 877.
In mainland China, 908 deaths were recorded. One death toll was recorded in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
According to the Chinese authorities, about 3,300 patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
A new virus, 2019-nCov, was first detected in Wuhan City and quarantined with severe restrictions on residents.
WHO head Tedros Adhan Gebrayesus said on Saturday that the epidemic remains mostly concentrated in Hubei Province and that there has been some stabilization in the number of cases over the past four days.
However, it is too early to say that an epidemic has reached its peak, he said, as such epidemics often slow down before breaking out again.
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On Sunday, Chinese authorities reported that schools in Hubei will not be open until at least March 1.
Another six people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Yokohama port had a coronavirus infection on Sunday, the Japanese Ministry of Health said.
The number of people infected in Japan has reached 96, 70 of whom are on this cruise ship. There are about 3.7 thousand passengers and crew on the ship in total.
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, 3,600 passengers on the World Dream cruise ship, detained in port, were allowed to leave the ship after tests showed no infection among passengers and crew. They were isolated after eight former passengers had been infected with coronavirus.
Hong Kong imposed a mandatory two-week quarantine on all those coming from mainland China. Violation of the quarantine threatens fines and imprisonment. There are 26 people registered in Hong Kong who are ill.
On Thursday, a 60-year-old American died in Wuhan Hospital, the first confirmed victim among foreigners, all others were Chinese.
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On Saturday, France confirmed five new cases of infection on its territory, including a 9-year-old boy. A total of 11 people were infected with the coronavirus in France.
The total number of people infected with the virus in Britain is four. In addition, a British man vacationing in Mallorca was infected with the virus. This is the second Coronavirus infection in Spain.
, according to Rospotrebnadzor, the number of infected remains the same - two people, both are citizens of China.
What is known about the new virus
The 2019-nCoV virus is a variant of the coronavirus that has not yet been transmitted to humans.
Coronaviruses are a family of 38 viruses, only six of which (and with the new virus, seven) affect humans.
Researchers believe that the virus has most likely spread to humans from animals, but is also capable of transmitting from person to person.
Symptoms of infection include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
People are advised not to touch animals, avoid undercooked or undercooked meat and eggs, and avoid contact with people with symptoms of cold or flu.