The number of deaths from viruses in China increases to 425, the total number of cases is now 20,438

BEIJING: The death toll in mainland China by the new type has increased to 425, with a total number of 20,438, officials said Tuesday.

The new figures are produced after a new hospital built in 10 days was opened, cash was injected into falling financial markets and further restricted the movement in hopes of containing the rapidly spreading virus and its growing impact.

The Japanese authorities decided whether to quarantine more than 3,000 people on a cruise ship carrying a passenger who tested positive for the virus.

The latest figures exceed 361 deaths and 17,205 confirmed cases.

Other countries continue evacuations and restrict the entry of Chinese or people who have recently traveled to the country. In the province at the epicenter of the outbreak, a specialized 1,000-bed hospital began treating patients and a second hospital with 1,500 beds will open in a few days.

Other countries continued to evacuate citizens of the most affected province of Hubei and restricted the entry of Chinese or people who recently traveled to the country.

the World Health Organization He said the number of cases will continue to grow because there is pending evidence in thousands of suspected cases.

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who presided for the second time a special meeting of the highest organ of the Communist Party of the country since the crisis began, said that we have launched a popular war to prevent the epidemic.

He told the Politburo standing committee that the country must compete against time to stop the spread of the virus and that those who neglect their duties will be punished, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

equipos del Ejército Popular de Liberación estaban llegando a Wuhan, la capital de la provincia de Hubei, para aliviar a the trabajadores abrumados y al personal del nuevo hospital de 1,000 camas, ubicado en el campo, lejos del centro de la ciudad.

Its prefabricated rooms are equipped with the latest medical equipment and ventilation systems. A second hospital with 1,500 beds will open in a few days.

China El índice bursátil compuesto de Shanghái cayó casi un 8% en el primer día de cotización después del feriado del Año Nuevo Lunar, a pesar del anuncio del banco central de que estaba colocando 1,2 billones de yuanes ($ 173 mil millones) en the mercados.

We have full confidence and ability to minimize the impact of the epidemic on the economy, said Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, at a press conference in Beijing.

El líder de Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, anunció que el territorio semiautónomo cerrará casi todos the cruces fronterizos terrestres y marítimos con el continente a la medianoche para detener la propagación del virus. Solo the puestos de control de tierra en la Bahía de Shenzhen y el puente a Macao y Zhuhai permanecerán abiertos.

More than 2,000 hospital workers went on strike earlier in the day, demanding a complete closure of the border, and their union has threatened to strike more on Tuesday.

Hong Kong was hit hard by SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, in 2002-03, a disease of the same virus family as the current outbreak and that many believe was intensified by official Chinese secrecy and obfuscation.

Los científicos chinos dijeron que tienen más evidencia de que probablemente se originó en the murciélagos.

In a study published in the journal Nature, Shi Zhen-Li and his colleagues at the Wuhan Institute of Virology reported that the genome sequences of seven patients were 96% identical to a bat.

También se cree que el SARS se originó en the murciélagos, aunque saltó a the gatos de civeta antes de infectar a las personas.

Los científicos sospechan que el último brote comenzó en un mercado de mariscos en Wuhan, donde the animales salvajes estaban en venta y en contacto con personas.

Meanwhile, Japanese health officials said a passenger on a cruise ship operated by Japan tested positive for the virus after leaving the ship in Hong Kong on January 25.

the Diamond Princess returned to Yokohama carrying more than 3,000 passengers and crew after making port calls in Vietnam, Taiwan and Okinawa. A team of quarantine officials and medical staff boarded the ship Monday and began medical checks of everyone on board, a health ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with department rules.

the passengers and crew members may be quarantined on the ship if the captain agrees to do so, the official said.

the ship's captain said Hong Kong's health authorities notified the ship about the passenger's infection on Saturday, six days after he got off the ship after not being caught on thermal screening, according to a recording of the announcement tweeted by a passenger.

the patient is currently recovering and is in stable condition, and his traveling companions so far have not been infected, the captain said.

I wish they would inform us as soon as they found out, so I could have worn a mask or washed my hands more carefully, the passenger said. I was in Hong Kong nine days ago and it seems that it is already too late.

South Korea, which has 15 confirmed cases, quarantined 800 soldiers who had recently visited China, Hong Kong or Macao or had contact with people who had, defense ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyunsoo said.

the Philippines banned the entry of all non-citizens from China after two cases were confirmed there, including the only death outside China .

the US, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia have imposed similar restrictions despite criticism from China and WHO's guidance that such measures were unnecessary.

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