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On Saturday, authorities confirmed that the death rate has risen to 41 deaths from a deadly viral outbreak, Coronavirus, in China, 15 new fatalities and more than 1,000 people now infected.

Meanwhile, a total of eleven people have been kept under observation for possible exposure to novel coronavirus infection in India – three in Mumbai, seven in Kerala and one in Hyderabad. Out of these 11, four persons, who returned from China, tested negative, the Union Health Ministry had said on Friday.

This is nearly a 60 per cent jump from the previous death toll, which was recorded at 26.

All of the new deaths took place in the provincial capital of Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the deadly respiratory outbreak first emerged, the Hubei Health Commission said.

Wuhan and 13 other cities in the province have been locked down as an effort aimed at containing the deadly respiratory outbreak, which has spread nationwide and to several other countries.

Thirteen cities in China are currently under lockdown as the deadly virus continues to spread across the country and overseas.

Late Friday, France’s health ministry announced two cases of the deadly new coronavirus from China, the first cases in Europe. The minister had said she expects more cases.

Besides China, Thailand has five cases, Singapore and Taiwan three, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, and the United States have each reported two cases, and Nepal one.

As many as 20,844 passengers from 96 flights have been screened for novel coronavirus symptoms in India as of January 24, a statement from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.



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