Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 492, nearly 24,000 cases confirmed

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The death toll from the deadly Coronavirus outbreak in China reached 492 on Wednesday, as 65 more died in the Hubei province, RT reported citing Chinese state TV.

The confirmed figure of Coronavirus affected in China has almost touched 24,000.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday said that it needed USD 61.5 million to address the near-term impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

The health authority’s executive board said at a plenary session in Geneva that measures were to be taken within the next three months.

WHO needs USD 45 million to assess national preparedness for the epidemic and fund emergency response, with USD 12 million required to set up an international coordination mechanism.

The agency is also in need of USD 4.5 million for research.

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Several countries are working against the clock to develop a vaccine against the new strain of Coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan.

The virus was diagnosed first in December in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province and has spread to most parts of the world.

According to CNN, two casualties have also been reported outside mainland China.

As the virus spread, Beijing faced global isolation with neighboring countries like North Korea, Russia, Mongolia closing its borders with China.

While no reliable treatment currently exists for the virus, a very skewed number of health organisations has had some positive results with a mixture of HIV and other antiviral medicines.

China has been expanding its quarantine zones and travel restrictions, affecting the movement of 56 million people in more than a dozen cities, amid fears that the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel for the Lunar New Year.

Health authorities around the world are taking action to prevent a global pandemic as the virus continues to spread, with cases reported in Australia, France, the United States and seven Asian countries besides China.

The US, Australia, and Singapore have temporarily shut their doors to non-citizens who have recently traveled to China. Vietnam has also barred all flights to and from China.

(With ANI inputs)

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