Coronavirus cases rise to 10100, with 214 deaths

International Desk
31 January 2020, Fri
Published: 10:55

Coronavirus cases rise to 10100, with 214 deaths

Infections from China’s coronavirus spread to more than 10,100 people globally on Friday. And new cases were found abroad, with more than 20 countries now affected by the disease.

The vast majority of patients are in China where the virus originated in an illegal wildlife market in Wuhan city and has also claimed 214 lives.

Another 102,000 people were also reportedly under medical observation with possible symptoms of the respiratory ailment.

With countries around the world growing increasingly concerned, the World Health Organization, which was criticized for initially downplaying the virus threat, declared the outbreak a global health emergency on Thursday.

The US State Department raised its warning alert to the highest level, telling Americans "do not travel" to China and urged those already there to leave.

Citing a likely "sharper rise" in the spread of the virus, Singapore's government barred arrivals and transit passengers from mainland China.

On the other hand, Three hundred and forty-one Bangladeshis students stranded in Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, would be brought back on a special flight tonight.

On return, the Bangladeshi nationals will be kept isolated and under observation at the Ashkona Hajj Camp near Shahjalal International Airport, Meerjady Sabrina Flora, a director at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research or IEDCR said.