Coronavirus death toll jumps past 900 in China

The number of deaths from China’s new coronavirus epidemic has risen to 902 on Monday.

Hubei’s health commission also confirmed another 2,618 new cases in the central province.

The latest data came after World Health Organization (WHO) said that the number of new cases confirmed in China has stabilized in recent days but cautioned the figures could still shoot up.

The deadly virus was first detected in China’s Wuhan in late December and has spread to most parts of the world.

On February 9, Ministry of Health and Welfare in India said that universal screening for all flights from Singapore and Thailand besides Hong Kong and China is already ongoing at earmarked aero bridges. The screening of passengers is now on in all 21 airports, International Seaports and border crossings.

As of now 1818 flights and 1,97,192 passengers were screened so far at 21 Airports. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is extending all the possible support to the States/UTs in order to combat the situation arise due to Novel Coronavirus.

9452 persons are presently under community surveillance in 32 States/UTs. The containment and prevention activities are being taken up on utmost priority. All the states are continually strengthening their rapid response teams to counter any eventuality, the statement said.

1510 samples have been tested and 1507 samples were found negative except for 3 samples which had tested positive already from Kerala, it said.