Beijing, 3 February 2020 (dpa/MIA) – The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China has risen to 361, including 57 more deaths in the last 24 hours, Chinese health authorities said Monday.
The number of confirmed infections rose by 2,829 to 17,205, according to the National Health Commission.
The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death of a coronavirus patient outside of China. Cases of infection have been reported in about two dozen countries.
China‘s stock market was set to reopen on Monday after the Lunar New Year holiday amid fears of a global sell-off sparked by concerns about the spread of the disease.
The coronavirus first broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at a seafood market that reportedly sold exotic animals for consumption – in a similar situation to the outbreak of SARS.
SARS, a disease that infected 8,000 people and killed 800 globally and also began in China, was linked to the consumption of civet cats. The coronavirus belongs to the same family of viruses.