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Death Toll In China From Coronavirus Has Risen To 425

BEIJING: The death toll in mainland China from the new coronavirus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, according to The Associated Press.

There are 11 confirmed cases in the United States.

China built a 1,000-bed hospital with prefabricated wards in just 10 days outside Wuhan, China, the city at the epicenter of the outbreak. A second hospital with 1,500 beds is due to open soon, according to AP.

The viral outbreak, which began in Wuhan, a city in central China’s Hubei province, has infected more than 20,438 people globally.

The virus, which causes pneumonia and other respiratory problems, has killed at least 425 people.

Over the weekend, a death in the Philippines became the first outside of China.

The 425 deaths is greater than the number of people killed by the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003. That outbreak killed 349 people.

More than 500 people have recovered from the infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. Health officials are hopeful the recoveries mean the new virus will have a lower fatality rate than SARS, the New York Times reported.

In addition to mainland China, cases have been confirmed in Hong Kong and Macao and in two dozen other countries including the United States.

Japanese officials are deciding whether to quarantine more than 3,000 people on a cruise ship that carried a passenger who tested positive for the virus after leaving the ship in Hong Kong on Jan. 25, AP reported. The ship, operated by a Japanese cruise line, made stops in Vietnam, Taiwan and Okinawa.

China Eastern is the first major Chinese carrier to suspend flights to and from the United States because of the outbreak.

Other international airlines such Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways had already suspended flights to and from mainland China.

Hong Kong closed more entry points as pressure increased to prevent anyone from mainland China to come into the city. Only three crossings remained open on Monday. Hundreds of medical workers in the city who want the border closed completely have walked off their jobs.

A total of 11 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S.

Two new cases were confirmed late Sunday in California’s San Benito County — a husband and wife, both 57. The husband recently traveled from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began, but the wife did not, San Benito County health officials said.