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Some more information now on the update from China’s National Health Commission with regards to the number of deaths and infections from coronavirus.
- On Sunday 26 January 769 new cases were reported across 30 different areas of China.
- As of midnight on Sunday into Monday, of the more than 2,700 cases reported (including in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao), the commission said 30 were severe.
- There are nearly 6,000 suspected cases and 51 cured cases
China’s state media, CGTN (formerly CCTV), is reporting that the lunar new year holiday has been extended by three days until 2 Feb. All universities, schools and kindergartens will postpone the start of their spring term until further notice, it says.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the outbreak of the coronavirus. I’m Alison Rourke and I will be keeping you up to date on developments as they unfold.
The first order of business to report is that the death toll in China has risen to 80, according to the National Health Commission (NHC). This is up from 56 yesterday. The NHC also says there are more than 2,700 infections reported (note that the commission has included Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan in this number).
The news comes as the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, flies to Beijing to discuss the outbreak with authorities.
“I am on my way to Beijing, to meet with the government and health experts supporting the coronavirus response,” he said on Twitter.
“My WHO colleagues and I would like to understand the latest developments and strengthen our partnership with China in providing further protection against the outbreak.”
You can get up to speed on the story with our latest piece from the Guardian, including fears that up to 100,000 people may be infected.