The death toll from a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China has climbed to 1,770, the country’s National Health Commission said on February 17th, 2020.
Around 100 new deaths were from the province of Hubei, the epicentre of the epidemic. A total of 2,048 new confirmed infections, about 1,933 from Hubei alone, pushing the new total to 70,548, have been reported in China.
Meanwhile, India will soon send a consignment of medical supplies to China to help the country fight the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
“India will do everything within its means to support the people of China in this hour of crisis As a concrete step to tackle the outbreak. India will soon send a consignment of medical supplies to China,” Indian envoy Vikram Misri said.
He added, “The people of city of Wuhan and the province of Hubei are the worst affected by the epidemic. They have a very special place in the hearts of the Indian people. With courage, persistence and effective measures we will be able to overcome the crisis.”
Misri informed that the Government of India will send a consignment of medical supplies on a relief flight to Wuhan later this week to support China to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. On its return, the flight will have limited capacity to take on board Indians wishing to return to India from Wuhan/Hubei.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written to Chinese President Xi Jinping, assuring him of India’s support in fighting the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Two more Indians on board a quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess off Japan have tested positive for the COVID-19. A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people on board the ship that arrived at the Japanese coast earlier this month.
The total number of people infected with coronavirus on the ship rose to 355 on February 16th, 2020. Out of them, three are Indians.
A WHO delegation of experts will visit Beijing and the provinces of Guangdong and Sichuan from February 17th,2020 onwards.
On the other hand, Japan said it would cancel a public gathering to celebrate the birthday of new Emperor Naruhito in view of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
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