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Coronavirus Outbreak: Death toll mounts to 1113 in Mainland China; South Korea, Israel issue travel advisories

The Straits Times report highlighted that tourists from China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, remained Singapore's top market last year, followed by Indonesia and India in second and third place respectively

Coronavirus Outbreak: Death toll mounts to 1113 in Mainland China; South Korea, Israel issue travel advisories
Hubei, First Published Feb 12, 2020, 10:48 AM IST
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Hubei/Singapore: The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in mainland China has risen to 1,113, the number of confirmed cases has reached 44,653, the Chinese state health committee said on Wednesday.

"As of midnight on February 11, the state health committee received information from 31 provinces, about 44,653 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the new type of coronavirus, including 38,800 people currently infected (8,204 are in serious condition); a total of 4,740 people were discharged from hospitals and 1,113 died," the state committee said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, South Korea and Israel have told their citizens to defer travel to Singapore, where the confirmed cases of the deadly virus have risen to 45 as on February 10, the highest for a country outside China.

CNA reported that Indonesia and Taiwan have recommended precautions when visiting Singapore while Kuwait and Qatar have also issued travel advisories urging citizens to defer non-essential travel to the country in the wake of the epidemic which has claimed over 1000 lives and has infected more than 40,000 people across the world. 

The outlet, however, quoted the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) as saying that it sees no reason for travel advisories against the country.

The total number of people infected with the deadly virus has risen to 47 in Singapore and it is by far the highest number of cases reported in any other country other than China. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday gave the official name for the latest novel coronavirus, that has sickened more than 42,000 people, as 'Covid-19,' which stands for coronavirus disease starting in 2019.

The CO stands for corona, while the VI for virus and the D for the disease.

"Under agreed guidelines between WHO, the OIE Animal Health and FAO, we had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing at the agency's headquarters in Geneva. 

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