onsdag 29. januar 2020

Coronavirus: Foreigners evacuated from Wuhan as China death toll rises

Hundreds of foreign nationals have been evacuated from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak of a new coronavirus, as more deaths and cases were confirmed.Flights departed with Japanese and US citizens while the European Commission said it would help repatriate European nationals after a request from France. President Xi Jinping called the virus a "devil" but said China would defeat it. A leading expert said it could take 10 more days for the outbreak to peak.

The number of deaths from the virus rose to 132 in China with 5,974 infections confirmed, the country's National Health Commission said. At least 16 other countries around the world have also reported cases, but no deaths so far.