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Virus death toll hits 170 as 1,700 more fall ill

2020-01-30 HKT 08:31
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  • People were face masks as they venture out to the banks of the Yangtze in Wuhan. Photo: AP
    People were face masks as they venture out to the banks of the Yangtze in Wuhan. Photo: AP
The nationwide death toll from the viral epidemic on the mainland has leapt to 170, the government said on Thursday, with more than 1,700 new infections confirmed.

Thirty-seven of the 38 new deaths came in hard-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of a contagion that is causing mounting global fear.

Another death occurred in southwestern Sichuan province, the National Health Commission reported.

Tibet also reported its first case, the commission said.

The 38 new deaths marked the biggest single-day jump yet and come as a massive containment effort is under way that has effectively locked down tens of millions of people in Hubei.

Most of the latest reported infections also occurred in Hubei, which tallied 1,032.

The World Health Organisation on Wednesday warned all governments to "take action" over the deadly Sars-like virus.

Hundreds of foreigners were evacuated from the epicentre of the outbreak on Wednesday.

The contagion has spread to more than a dozen countries, with Finland and the United Arab Emirates becoming the latest to report their first cases.

Meanwhile three Japanese citizens among more than 200 evacuated from China have tested positive for a new strain of coronavirus, Japan's health minister said Thursday. (AFP)
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Last updated: 2020-01-30 HKT 08:41