Coronavirus death toll rises to 304 in China

The Hill
Date: 02/01/2020
BY: Marty Johnson

The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in China has risen to 304, the Associated Press reports.

The country's National Health Commission reported Saturday that the total number of cases is now over 14,000, eclipsing the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus that began in southern China in 2002-03.

Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak – and 16 other cities in China have been quarantined, affecting an estimated 50 million people. The containment net is the largest quarantine in modern history.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled the virus a global emergency and recommended that all countries try to prevent the cross-border spread of the virus, but noted that unnecessary interference with trade or travel should be avoided.    [FULL  STORY]