#Coronavirus death toll touches 80 as China struggles to cope with the situation


Biznextindia:  The death toll due to the Novel Coronavirus has crossed 80 with as many as 2744 confirmed cases in mainland China as on Monday, the country’s National Health Commission (NHC) said.

“As many as 24 fatalities added on Sunday taking the total death toll to 80. There have been also 769 new confirmed cases added in the last 24 hours which takes the total confirmed cases to 2744” the Chinese media said citing NHC report.

The death toll is feared to rise drastically to reach hundreds, as out of the 2744 confirmed cases, several hundred patients are reportedly critical. Apart from these, another 3806 people have been kept under observation as suspected patients. Apart from mainland China, 8 cases have been identified in Hong Kong and 5 cases in Macao.

Yesterday the Chinese authorities ordered a blanket ban on trading on wild animals at markets, e-commerce platforms and restaurants to control the spread of the Coronavirus. The order has been issued jointly by the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Administration for Market Regulation and Rural Affairs, and National Forestry and Grassland Administration.

It is suspected that the Coronavirus has infected to the human body from a wild animal in an animal market in Wuhan city of China.

Not only China, the Coronavirus has also managed to reach other countries with USA, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Nepal, France and Australia have reported confirmed cases.

Though India is yet to report any confirmed case of the Coronavirus, the government has taken several steps to cope with the situation. Close monitoring is being undertaken for all the passengers who are arriving from China and Hong Kong across 19 International Airports in India. All the passengers are undergoing thermal screening, the Indian Ministry of Health said.

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