Virus deaths in hard-hit Hubei surge by 242 in a day

Coronavirus patients in Wuhan dance to song about red flowers

"Coronavirus" is actually the name of a large family of viruses, not the virus itself. Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing.

There are four possible vaccines being developed for the coronavirus that could be tested within months, the World Health Organisation's chief scientist said. Most of the cases and most of the deaths are in Hubei province.

TOKYO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The yen rose from a three-week low against the dollar on Thursday after China's Hubei province, the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, reported a sharp jump in the number of new cases in a jolt to markets and sparking a flight for safe-haven assets.

Tedros also praised Cambodia for agreeing to take in the Westerdam, a United States cruise ship that has been rejected at several Asian ports over coronavirus fears.

To indicate the global spread of Coronavirus, the new name do not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people. The province had a total of 1,310 deaths as of Wednesday.

Vietnam has confirmed 16 cases, majority in the province.

Racist attitudes are inextricably tied to the epidemic, just as they were when SARS spread in 2013, and ebola started claiming lives a year later. The total of new confirmed cases marked a 10-fold rise from Wednesday, when China's National Health Commission reported 2,015 new cases.

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In recent days, Chinese authorities have increasingly been criticised for their handling of the crisis when the cases first emerged.

The central government in Beijing also urged members of the public to report any examples of dereliction of duty among local governments, and officials have been threatened with dismissal if they have been found to have shirked their responsibilities.

China's corruption watchdog sent a team to Wuhan to investigate "issues raised by the public in connection with Dr. Li Wenliang".

Dr Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization said there was still a realistic chance of containing the disease if enough resources were devoted to the fight.

President Xi Jinping has said stronger measures should be taken to contain the virus, especially in areas with severe or high-risks, as the fight has entered a crucial stage.

The US Federal Reserve meanwhile has warned that disruption to the Chinese economy could spill over and affect the rest of the world.

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