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China Reports 105 New Coronavirus Deaths on Mainland

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Gustavo Carr | 17 February, 2020, 09:53

The death toll from the Novel Coronavirus jumped over 1700 in China.

The NHC, on the other hand, said the new cases are slowing down for 12 consecutive days.

The new figure brought the death toll in the country to 1,770.

Unnecessary public gatherings should also be halted, it said.

The commission added that 7,264 people were still suspected of being infected with the virus.

Another 1,200 military doctors and nurses began arriving in Wuhan on Monday morning, the latest contingent sent to help shore up the city's overwhelmed health-care system.

China has declared an all-out "people's war" to tame the coronavirus outbreak with millions quarantined and under stringent lockdown.

"We've seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak", he added. By Sunday, 57 confirmed cases including one death had been reported from Hong Kong, 10 in Macao, and 20 in Taiwan including one death.

The new figures came after a recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping was published by state media in an apparent attempt to demonstrate the Communist Party leadership acted decisively from the beginning of the crisis.

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At least 70,400 people have now been infected nationwide in China, with most cases being recorded in Hubei, where the virus first emerged in December.

"The situation surrounding this virus is changing by the minute", Abe said.

With the coronavirus outbreak in China continuing to spread, McDonald's Corp, Starbucks Corp and other fast-food companies are ramping up "contactless" pickup and delivery services to keep their workers and customers safe, the companies said. The province and its capital, Wuhan, have been virtually sealed off and locked down since Jan 23, with schools, offices and factories shut and most travel suspended.

Two dozen countries have reported confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, including those on board the cruise ship off the coast of Japan.

The biggest cluster outside China is on a quarantined cruise ship off Japan, with 355 infections confirmed. There are also 35 Italians, of which 25 are crew members, including the captain.

The number of deaths from China's coronavirus epidemic surged past 1,600 after 139 more people died in hard-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Exceptions were being made for vehicles involved in epidemic prevention and transporting daily necessities.

Most cases are still in Hubei, where almost 2,000 were reported Monday.