Global alarm grows as China’s capital Beijing reports first virus death, raising toll to 82 Jan 28, 2020 0 439 12345 AFPWuhanChina’s capital on Monday recorded its first death from a deadly coronavirus as it struggles to contain a rapidly spreading disease that has sparked global alarm, with countries scrambling to evacuate their citizens from the epicentre of the epidemic.The death in Beijing raises the death toll from the new virus to 82, with more than 2,700 people infected across the nation and cases found in more than a dozen other countries.Mongolia closed its vast border to vehicles from China while Germany urged its citizens to avoid travelling to the country and Malaysia banned people from central Hubei province, where the pneumonia-like virus emerged, from entering its soil.In a sign of the mounting official concern, Premier Li Keqiang visited ground zero to oversee containment efforts in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people where the disease first appeared late last month.The government has sealed off Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province, effectively trapping tens of millions of people, including thousands of foreigners, in a bid to contain the virus as the Lunar New Year holiday unfolds.The Communist government decided to extend the holiday, initially due to end on January 30, for three days to limit population flows and control the epidemic.US President Donald Trump said the United States has offered China “any help that is necessary” in combatting the virus.Beijing’s health commission said a 50 year-old-man who visited Wuhan died of respiratory failure on Monday, only 20 days after visiting the city. More than 700 new infections were confirmed in the country, while the number of suspected cases doubled over a 24-hour period to nearly 6,000.The youngest infected patient was a nine-month-old baby being treated in Beijing.In Wuhan, AFP reporters saw construction workers making progress in the building of one of two field hospitals that China is racing to complete by next week to relieve overcrowded facilities swamped with people waiting hours to see doctors.On day five under quarantine, residents shouted “Go Wuhan” from their windows, according to videos posted online, and AFP journalists saw a building with the words lit up in red in front of the Yangtze river.Landlocked Mongolia, which is heavily dependent on trade with China, closed the border with its huge neighbour to cars. Mongolian schools and universities will be shut until March 2, while public gatherings involving sports and entertainment are also suspended. RELATED ARTICLES Real number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is 25,000, says HK expert Jan 28, 2020 0 1499 Bolton book revelations roil Trump impeachment trial Jan 28, 2020 0 297 Billie Eilish dominates the Grammys as music world mourns Kobe Jan 28, 2020 0 1280 WHO corrects China virus global risk level to ‘high’ Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday admitted an error in its assessment of the global risk of a deadly virus in China, saying it was “high” and not “moderate”. The Geneva-based UN health agency said in a .. Pakistan’s police arrest activist critical of military Islamabad: Police in Pakistan have arrested an activist whose fierce criticism of the military’s alleged connection with Islamist militants brought thousands out to public rallies, in a rare challenge to the army’s .. Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean seek safe ports In the central Mediterranean: Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday. The Ocean Viking, a rescue vessel .. UK unveils new visa scheme for scientists after Brexit afp London Britain on Sunday announced a new fast-track visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians as it prepares a new immigration system for life outside the European Union. Prime Minister Boris .. At least 44 dead in Brazil floods, risk of further landslides Buenos Aires: Devastating floods and landslides in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state have killed at least 44 people, the country’s emergency services said on Sunday. Another 19 people were missing and others injured by the .. France asks US to keep up ‘critical’ military support in West Africa Washington: France on Monday asked the United States to keep supporting its operations against Islamist extremists in West Africa, after the New York Times reported that the US is considering pulling out of the region. .. US confirms Afghanistan jet crash; no evidence of Taliban shoot-down DPA Kabul/Washington The US has confirmed a military plane crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, but rejected claims by the Taliban that the insurgent forces downed the jet. “A US Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni ..