Jump in new coronavirus cases derails stock rally

China virus death toll tops 1,100 as new infections fall

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Share values on Asian financial markets fell on Thursday after the dramatic spike in the number of coronavirus deaths and cases in mainland China, with traders concerned about the economic impact of the epidemic.

Pressure on local officials for their perceived incompetence has mounted, particularly after the death last week of a Chinese doctor who was punished by Wuhan authorities for raising the alarm about the new virus.

China's Hubei province has registered the highest-ever one-day total of infections and deaths from coronavirus following a change in how it counts cases. A total of 1,310 deaths have been reported from Hubei. Wuhan residents had complained that the shortage of testing kits made it much harder for sick people to be admitted to hospitals.

"Clinically diagnosed cases" are those patients who demonstrate all the symptoms of Covid-19 but have been unable to be scientifically tested, or died before they were tested.

There are now more than 60,000 cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with all but about 500 in mainland China.

Researchers said the discovery confirmed that the patients' feces contained the live virus, but there is still a lack of sufficient evidence for the existence of fecal-oral transmission.

The commission also received reports of 15,152 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 254 deaths on Wednesday from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

The US is also limiting flights from China or other global flights with US passengers who have been to China within the previous 14 days to 11 major airports for enhanced screening.

"At this time there is no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility, but CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus", Dr Christopher Braden, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said in a statement. The team is here to "discuss specific arrangements for the China-WHO joint mission with the Chinese side", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily online briefing.

The online newspaper VN Express cited a senior official of Ving Phuc province as reporting an increase in cases in Son Loi commune.

Japan has confirmed 247 cases of the virus, including 218 from a cruise ship quarantined at the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, amid growing fears of the spreading virus. Vietnam has confirmed 16 case of the diseases, majority in Son Loi.

The name was chosen, in part, to avoid stigmatizing a certain location or people, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. No cases of the viral illness have been confirmed among its 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members, according to operator Holland America Line.

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