First Person Dies in Hong Kong Due to Coronavirus, Toll Reaches 420

Hong Kong registered its first demise from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the second outside mainland China from an epidemic that has killed over 400 individuals, spread all over the world, and raised fears for global financial growth.

China’s currency and stock markets steadied in choppy trade after anxiety over the coronavirus hit the yuan Monday and contracted around $400 billion in a market worth from Shanghai’s benchmark index.

Macau, the world’s biggest gambling center, stated it had asked all casino owners to shut operations for two weeks to stop the spread of the virus.

More foreigners had been removed from China’s locked-down central metropolis of Wuhan, and thousands of individuals had been stranded on a Japanese cruise after a passenger tested positive for the virus.

The Hong Kong fatality introduced the whole demise toll from the virus to 427, together with a person who died in the Philippines last week after visiting Wuhan. Chinese agencies stated the toll in China climbed by a record 64 from yesterday to 425, mostly in Wuhan’s Capital Hubei.

New cases were registered in the U.S. together with a patient in California who was contaminated through close contact with someone in the same family who had been infected in China.

It marked the second instance of the person-to-person spread of the virus in the U.S. after another such case was registered last week in Illinois.

The total number of infections in China soared by 3,235 to 20,438, and there were at least 151 cases in 23 different nations and regions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated the flu-like virus, a global emergency, and experts say a lot is still unknown about the pathogen, together with its mortality rate and transmission pathways.