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China says 25 people have died from the coronavirus as South Korea confirms second case

A Chinese fare that just arrived on the last bullet train from Wuhan to Beijing is checked for a fever by a health working man at a Beijing railway station on January 23, 2020 in Beijing, China.

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China’s Public Health Commission said as many as 25 people have died from a fast-spreading coronavirus, as the total compute of confirmed cases in the country rose to 830.

The deadly pneumonia-like virus was first identified on Dec. 31 in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei tract. It has since spread beyond Wuhan, which has a population of 11 million, to other major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Macao, and Hong Kong.

China’s Wealth Ministry said it has allocated 1 billion yuan ($145 million) to support Hubei province in its fight to contain the outbreak.

The town of Wuhan is also building a new 1,000-bed hospital to treat the infected and plans to have the facility operational by primeval next week, Reuters reported, citing state media.

Multiple cases of the virus have been corroborated in Thailand and Vietnam while the United States, Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan have each reported one case.

South Korea on Friday ensured a second person has been infected.

Sometimes referred to as the Wuhan virus, it has been temporarily named the “2019-nCoV.” It be a member ofs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses, which can be transmitted from person to person.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday contemplated at a press conference the outbreak did not yet constitute a global public health emergency.

“Make no mistake, this is, though, an danger in China. But, it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO. He added the group’s assessment is that “the outbreak is very high-risk in China, and high-risk regionally and globally.”

Chinese cities under lockdown

As of Friday, eight new zealand urban areas were put under lockdown measures. Transportation services in Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, were shut down on Jan. 23 and people were implored to not leave. The airport and train station in the city were also temporarily closed.

Other cities under lockdown incorporate Huanggang, Xiantao, Ezhou, Qianjiang, Zhijiang, Chibi and Lichuan. The combined population in those cities is approximately 24 million people. Judges have also canceled Lunar New Year events in Beijing and other places. Airlines and rail operators are donation refunds on domestic flights and train tickets around the country.

The Wuhan virus outbreak is most frequently correlated to the spread of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, between 2002 and 2003, when more than 8,000 man were infected. Around 800 people died in that crisis, according to the WHO.

Here’s a snapshot of the number of differentiated cases and where they are:

Total:
845 confirmed cases (according to CNBC’s tally)
25 deaths

Number of confirmed proves:
Mainland China: 830
Taiwan: 1
Macao: 2
Hong Kong: 2
Vietnam: 2
Thailand: 3
South Korea: 2
Japan: 1
Singapore: 1
Shared States: 1

CNBC’s Evelyn Cheng contributed to this report.

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