Covid-19 : Hubei adds 4823 cases; China death toll at 1483

Health officials in Hubei province said 242 people had died from the flu-like virus on February 12, the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen was identified in December, and taking the total number of deaths to more than 1,350.

The province's health commission also repeated a huge jump in new cases, saying a further 14,840 cases had been detected in Hubei, the epicentre of the outbreak, over the 24-hour period to midnight on Wednesday (16:00 GMT).

Among the new cases, 3,095 were diagnosed using CT scans - the new testing method - while the rest were confirmed with the traditional diagnostic process that uses nucleic acid tests.

Cases of coronavirus are not rising dramatically outside China apart from in passengers on a cruise liner now quarantined off a Japanese port, according to a senior World Health Organisation [WHO] official. This is the third death outside mainland China - the Philippines and Hong Kong have reported a death each, reports Reuters.

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The reports did not give a reason for the dismissals but the two are the most high-profile Chinese officials to be removed from duty following the coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan late past year.

With news of a new and potentially lethal virus spreading, Ye took himself to the city's Tongji Hospital to get tested - only to find a waiting room filled with dozens of other people who also feared they were infected. That brings the total fatalities in China to at least 1,483. A team of health officials will board the ship to conduct health checks on the 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members before they will be allowed to finally disembark.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted the passengers with handshakes and bouquets of roses as they stepped off the ship and boarded a waiting bus.

"We've seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak", Ryan told a briefing in Geneva.

"We are a little disappointed that we haven't been invited in and we're a little disappointed in the lack of transparency coming from the Chinese", Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told reporters.

Kudlow said President Xi Jinping had assured President Donald Trump that Beijing would accept U.S. help, but "they won't let us".

World Health Organization has already said it is aggressively working towards research and development for candidate therapeutics and vaccines.

The 21-year-old student, going under the pseudonym Tiger Ye, said he first noticed symptoms on January 21 while at home in Wuhan, ground zero for the disease.

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