Coronavirus update: 565 deaths, more than 28,000 cases worldwide, Yum China reports ‘significant interruption’

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Market Watch
Date: Feb 6, 2020
By: Jaimy Lee

There are now 28,256 confirmed coronavirus cases in 25 countries and at least 565 deaths, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).

In China, there are 28,018 cases and at least 563 deaths, according to the most recent data from China’s National Health Commission. And in the U.S., there are now 12 confirmed individuals with the virus, most recently including a case in Madison, Wis., that was announced by local health officials on Wednesday.

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The most deaths have taken place in China’s Hubei Province, which is home to Wuhan, the city where the novel coronavirus was first identified in late 2019. Since then, a number of countries including the U.S. have implemented travel restrictions to stem the spread of the virus, which can cause pneumonia. WHO last week declared the outbreak an international public health emergency. At least 40 airlines have cut an estimated 25,000 flights to, from or within China, according to Cowen analysts.

Health officials release additional data about U.S. patients:

Limited information is known about the individuals in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with the virus; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday shared additional data about the first 11 cases. Two patients are in their 60s, four in their 50s, one in their 40s, two in their 30s, and two in their 20s. Much of the preliminary data coming out of China has indicated that coronavirus patients are older, male, and tend to have underlying health conditions.

As has been reported previously, nine of the 11 diagnosed individuals had recently traveled to Wuhan. The remaining two individuals were infected in cases of person-to-person transmission between spouses. Eight of the 11 are men. One individual was identified during airport screening that was put into place on Jan. 17, the rest presented at clinical locations. Separately, health officials in Wisconsin said the patient there had traveled to Beijing and been in contact with people who had the virus who had been to Wuhan.    [FU9LL  STORY]