New Delhi: The death toll from novel Coronavirus climbed up to 722 on Saturday, with the first foreign victim in Hong Kong, in what was seen as the highest single-day jump of 86 deaths. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases rose to 34,546.
Hong Kong also imposed a mandatory quarantine of travellers on mainland arrival, to curb the outbreak that has been relentlessly rising, causing a global panic.
The outbreak has been reeling close to the 2003 SARS-epidemic in which a total of 774 people were killed globally. As the fear of deadly coronavirus gripped the world, the local traders have put off the supply of several items, including auto parts, electronic goods and pharma products.
The Chinese health authorities have also received reports of 4,214 new confirmed cases of n-CoV infection. Of the total 86 deaths, 81 were reported from Hubei Province, two from Heilongjiang and one each from Beijing, Henan and Gansu. It added that 6,101 patients remained in severe condition, and 27,657 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
At the same time, in India, the Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Services Department took 138 patients across the state under observation for the deadly virus. Though no coronavirus-positive case has been reported from Karnataka so far, four persons have been admitted in a state hospital under medical observation, the department’s Communicable Diseases Wing Joint Director Prakash Kumar confirmed.
Showing solidarity with victims in China, Nepal has donated 1 lakh protective masks to the country where more than 700 people have died. Meanwhile, a Brazilian military aircraft evacuated an Indian national from coronavirus-hit Wuhan city, along with a group of Brazilian citizens.
The fresh fatalities came to light a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping assured his US counterpart that China was ‘fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic’ and ‘the long-term trend of country’s economic development for the better will not change’.
Notably, President Xi had yesterday dialed Trump and emphasised that ‘they have spared no effort in fighting the epidemic’.