QT-Online / Friday, January 24, 2020 / Categories: Top News Coronavirus: Death toll in China rises to 41, around 1,300 infected around the world Health officials in China 15 more people have died from a coronavirus in the province of Hubei, where the outbreak first started. There are currently 1,287 confirmed cases in China, 41 of whom have died. It comes as China is begins celebrations of the Lunar New Year, one of the most important dates in its calendar. Many events have been cancelled and a new hospital is being built in the city of Wuhan. The virus has now spread to Europe, with three cases confirmed in France. The first case was in Bordeaux, while the other two were in the Paris area, the French health minister said on Friday night. And one case has been confirmed in Australia. Chinese media outlets said the new 1,000-bed hospital could be ready within six days. A total of 35 diggers and 10 bulldozers are currently working on the site. The project will "solve the shortage of existing medical resources" and would be "built fast [and] not cost much... because it will be prefabricated buildings", the Changjiang Daily said. Pharmacies in Wuhan have begun to run out of supplies and hospitals have been filled with nervous members of the public. A doctor at a hospital in Hubei has died from the virus, China Global Television Network reported. Symptoms seem to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, leads to shortness of breath and some patients needing hospital treatment. Around one-in-four cases are thought to be severe. Travel restrictions vary from city to city. Wuhan is effectively on lockdown: all bus, metro and ferry services have been suspended, and all outbound planes and trains cancelled. Residents have been advised not to leave, and roadblocks have been reported. Ezhou, a smaller city in Hubei, shut its railway station. The city of Enshi has suspended all bus services. City officials in the capital, Beijing, and Shanghai have asked residents who return from affected areas to stay at home for 14 days to prevent the spread of the virus, local media report. Previous Article Five things to watch for at the Grammys Next Article Prime Minister opens Aquaculture Research Centre Print 1401 Rate this article: 3.0 Please login or register to post comments.