BEIJING: The death toll from coronavirus has risen to 722 in China.
According to China’s National Health Commission, the total number of infections across China has now reached 34,546.
Hong Kong on Feb 4 became second out of mainland China to announce a coronavirus patient’s death as movement restrictions were imposed on two more cities far from the epicentre.
The 39-year-old man’s death in Hong Kong came as the semi-autonomous town closed all but two land crossings with the Chinese mainland to prevent the virus spread.
The Philippines had announced on Feb 2 the death of a Chinese man from Wuhan, the central city at China’s health emergency epicenter.
Until now, the virus has spread to more than 20 countries, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency, several governments to institute travel restrictions and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.
Hong Kong was especially at the frontline of the virus, as it rekindled memories of the 2002-03 outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 300 people in the financial hub and 349 people in the mainland.
In China, first hospital built in record ten days’ time for treatment of coronavirus infected patients was opened in Wuhan on Feb 3.
The two hospitals were built in extraordinary quick timeframes and each hospital has 1000 beds facility.