COVID-19 Kills 97 More People in Mainland China
By Precious Nnenna Okon
97 Coronavirus deaths and 2,015 new infections have been reported over a 24-hour interval in mainland China, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,113.
Health officials confirmed that the number of people infected with the virus has reached 44,653 in China.
Meanwhile, Japan has reported 174 cases. The health ministry confirmed 39 more people on a cruise ship off Yokohama tested positive for the virus. The confirmed coronavirus patients have been moved and taken to the hospital.
Two other patients have died in the Philippines and Hong Kong.
In Malaysia, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director for the Western Pacific, Takeshi Kasai warned of coronavirus “clusters with no apparent link to China.”
Malaysia has reported 18 cases of the virus, while neighboring Singapore’s tally is 47, over half of which are local transmissions.
Kasai specifically cited local transmissions and said all countries in the region should “prepare for the possibility of wider transmission” of the virus.
Countries have continued to impose travel restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus.
The WHO has officially named the new disease Covid-19.