Health, Government - WHO to Wuhan
China's National Health Commission confirmed that nearly a hundred more people had died of the 2019-nCoV Wuhan Coronavirus, bringing the global death toll to more than 900 lives lost.
The numbers are as such: 908 people died of the coronavirus in China, including one American and one Japanese. Two more deaths were logged in Hong Kong and in the Philippines, bringing the global death toll to 910. There are 40,171 confirmed infections in China - mostly in Wuhan City and surrounding Hubei Province, where the coronavirus made the jump from animals to people in December. Adding 539 confirmed infections outside of China, and the world total is 40,710.
A UN World Health Organization (WHO) team left Geneva, Switzerland for China to assist with containing the novel coronavirus outbreak, says WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
"In the spirit of human solidarity, I salute the doctors, nurses, caregivers and public health workers on the front lines who, at personal risk, are doing their utmost to stem the (coronavirus) outbreak," said Dr. Ghebreyesus. "They are the true heroes of this outbreak," he added.
WHO's team is led by Canadian physician and epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Aylward, known for spearheading the global health watchdog's response to the West African Ebola Epidemic of 2013-2016, as well as numerous initiatives for immunization, communicable diseases control, and polio eradication.