Peaks of Chinese virus fatalities, more than SARS

BEIJING: The number of fatalities in China from a further increase of more than 360 on Monday to overcome the number of fatalities from its crisis two decades ago, with dozens of people dying in the quarantine area of ​​the epicenter.

The 57 new deaths confirmed were the biggest increase since the virus was detected late last year in the central city of Wuhan, where it is believed that it jumped from animals in a market to humans.

Since then, the virus has spread to more than 24 countries, although many governments impose unprecedented travel bans on people coming from China.

the World Health Organization has declared the crisis as a global health emergency, and the first foreign death from the virus was reported in the Philippines on Sunday.

In China, all but one of the 57 new deaths were reported Monday in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei Province, most of which has been under blockade for almost two weeks to prevent people from leaving and transmitting the virus. .

the national death toll reached 361, exceeding the 349 mainland fatalities from the (SARS) outbreak of 2002-03.

SARS, caused by a pathogen similar to the new coronavirus and also originating in China, killed 774 people, with most other deaths in Hong Kong.

the virus is also having an increasingly heavy economic impact, shutting down businesses across China, curbing international travel and impacting production lines of major international brands.

Los mercados bursátiles en Shanghai y Shenzhen cayeron casi un nueve por ciento el lunes por la mañana cuando the inversores regresaron de un feriado del Año Nuevo Lunar que se había extendido para evitar que la gente viajara por China.

En Wuhan, que se ha transformado de un bullicioso centro industrial en una ciudad casi fantasma, the residentes han estado viviendo con un profundo temor de contraer el virus.

Its medical facilities have been overwhelmed, and the government has been competing to build two new hospitals in extraordinarily fast timeframes.

the first of those, a 1,000-bed facility, was due to open on Monday, just 10 days after construction began.

Según the medios estatales, alrededor de 1.400 médicos militares tratarán a pacientes en el hospital, denominado Fire God Mountain.

Sin embargo, con el aumento del número de muertos en Wuhan y en otras partes de la provincia de Hubei, no estaba claro de inmediato qué impacto general tendrían the hospitales en el virus que se propaga en otros lugares.

In a worrying sign that it is already spreading in significant quantities to other parts of China, the eastern industrial city of Wenzhou was placed on Sunday under a blockade similar to Wuhan.

The roads in Wenzhou, 800 kilometers (500 miles) to the east, were closed and its nine million people were ordered to remain indoors.

Authorities announced that only one resident per household in Wenzhou can go out every two days to buy necessities.

the emergence of the virus coincided with the Lunar New Year, when hundreds of millions travel across the country in planes, trains and buses for family reunions.

the holiday - originally scheduled to end last Friday - was extended by three days to give authorities more time to deal with the crisis.

But some important cities, including Shanghai, extended vacations again, and many schools and universities delayed the start of new terms.

Road traffic on Sunday, when hundreds of millions of people were expected to return to their work cities, decreased 80 percent, the transport ministry said.

the number of infections in China also jumped signficantly on Monday, passing 17,200.

the first person to die overseas from the virus was a 44-year-old man from Wuhan who travelled to the Philippines , the World Health Organization said.

the G7 countries - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States - have all confirmed cases of the virus.

They will discuss a joint response, Germany's health minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday.

the US, Australia, New Zealand and Israel have banned foreign nationals from visiting if they have been in China recently, and they have also warned their own citizens against travelling there.

Mongolia, Russia and Nepal have closed their land borders.