The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China rose to 565 – recording another record daily increase in fatalities – as the government rushed to build new hospitals and other countries moved to evacuate citizens and warned against all travel to China.
China’s National Health Commission on February 6th, 2020 stated that a total of 73 people died from the virus over the 24 hours to midnight.
The deadly novel coronavirus has so far spread to at least 27 countries, including Germany, Australia and the United States. According to the latest figures early on Thursday, the number of confirmed cases in China jumped by 3,694 to 28,018. The director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asked for $675m to help countries address the expected spread of the virus.
Chinese President Xi Jinping declared a “people’s war” today against the fast-spreading coronavirus whose impact has been felt around the world from slowing factory floors to quarantined cruise liners.
The US State Department issued advisories to Americans not to travel to China as the first case of person-to-person transmission reported in the country.
Governments, global companies and international health organizations rushed to contain the spread of a SARS-like coronavirus. Global airlines have suspended or scaled back direct flights to China’s major cities.
Taipei lashes out at China
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Joanne Ou, on February 6th, 2020, slammed China and the WHO for providing wrong information about the number of coronavirus cases in Taiwan. WHO reported today that the island had 13 cases when there were only 10 at that time.
Ou said China was “vile” and “evil” for blocking Taipei’s access to WHO amid the new coronavirus outbreak.