The death toll from the new coronavirus detected in China has increased to 80, after 24 new deaths recorded in Hubei province, the epicenter of the contagion, local authorities announced.
In this region, 371 new patients infected with the coronavirus (provisionally named 2019-nCoV) were detected, bringing the number of confirmed cases to more than 2,300 across China, according to data from the central government.
The new coronavirus was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan (center) in late 2019 and the previous balance pointed to 56 dead in China.
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The majority of infected people are found in mainland China, but there are also confirmed cases in Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, United States, Singapore, Vietnam, Nepal, Malaysia, France, Australia and Canada.
In Portugal, the infection of a man who was suspicious and who was hospitalized on Saturday in Lisbon after returning from Wuhan has not been confirmed.
As for the two dozen Portuguese who are in the affected area, Lisbon admits to withdrawing them to Portugal, but has not yet clarified how it will proceed.
Chinese Health Minister Ma Xiaowei warned on Sunday that those infected could transmit the disease during the incubation period, which takes between one day and two weeks.
The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, is on his way to China to meet with the Beijing government and experts to discuss the current coronavirus outbreak.
On the social network Twitter, Tedros Adhanom highlights the need to strengthen the partnership with the Chinese authorities, in order to help limit this crisis.
The World Health Organization also asks scientists and researchers to share the knowledge and scientific studies they have on the new virus, even if they have not been published.
During that period, those infected do not show symptoms, which nullifies the effect of screening measures, such as temperature measurements at airports or train stations.
Symptoms include fever, pain, malaise and breathing difficulties.