China 'urgently needs' medical equipment and masks while the number of viruses exceeds SARS

BEIJING: China said on Monday that it urgently needed medical equipment and surgical masks, as the death toll of a new one jumped above 360, which makes it more deadly than the SARS crisis almost two decades ago.

The 57 new deaths confirmed on Monday were the largest daily increase since it 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 despite the fact that many governments impose unprecedented travel bans on arrivals from China.

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

What China urgently needs today are medical masks, protective suits and safety glasses, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said at a press conference.

Authorities in the provinces that house more than 300 million people, including Guangdong, the most populous in the country, have ordered everyone to wear masks in public in an effort to contain the virus.

But factories capable of producing around 20 million masks a day only operate between 60 and 70 percent of their capacity, said industry department spokesman Tian Yulong, adding that supply and demand remained in a tight balance as a result of the Lunar New Year. break.

Tian said authorities were taking steps to bring masks from Europe, Japan and the United States, while the Foreign Ministry said countries like South Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Hungary had donated medical supplies.

All but one of the 57 new deaths reported on Monday occurred in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei Province, most of which has been under blockade for almost two weeks.

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

the number of infections also jumped significantly, passing 17,200.

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 taking an increasing economic toll, shutting down businesses across China, curbing international travel and impacting production lines of major global brands.

the Shanghai stock market plunged almost eight per cent Monday on the first day of trading since the holiday as investors played catch-up with last week's global retreat.

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.

the city's medical facilities have been overwhelmed, with state news agency Xinhua reporting Monday that 68 medical teams of 8,300 staff had been sent to Hubei.

& en medio de la creciente presión, el gobierno ha estado compitiendo para construir dos nuevos hospitales para tratar a the infectados.

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

Sin embargo, con el aumento del número de muertos en Wuhan y otras áreas de Hubei, no estaba claro de inmediato qué impacto general tendrían the hospitales para contener la epidemia.

the industrial city of Wenzhou, 800 kilometres (500 miles) to the east, was placed under a similar lockdown to Wuhan on Sunday and its nine million people ordered to stay indoors.

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

Originally scheduled to end last Friday, the holiday was extended for three days to give the authorities more time to deal with the crisis.

But some important cities, including Shanghai, extended it again, and many schools and universities have 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.

Los viajes en tren disminuyeron un 74 por ciento respecto al año pasado, según Xinhua, y the viajes en avión un quinto.

Many companies offered staff the option of working from home or postponing the trip, or simply remained closed.

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

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.

Muchas naciones han evacuado a cientos de sus ciudadanos de China, y algunos the obligaron a ponerse en cuarentena a su regreso, y cada vez más aerolíneas están cancelando servicios hacia el continente.

the foreign ministry Monday criticised the US for being the first to evacuate nationals without providing "substantial assistance" to China.

the US actions had caused "panic", said spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

Mongolia, Rusia y Nepal han cerrado sus fronteras terrestres, mientras que Hong Kong semiautónoma anunció el lunes que cerraría todos the cruces terrestres menos dos.

También el lunes, la Asociación Internacional de Líneas de Cruceros, que representa a algunos de the operadores más grandes del mundo, dijo que the buques negarán el embarque a the pasajeros y la tripulación que recientemente viajaron a China.

Last week, more than 6,000 passengers spent about 12 hours locked in the Costa Smeralda cruise ship in an Italian port until two Chinese tourists feared the virus was negative.

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