Wuhan coronavirus outbreak rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead

PHOTO by 于/Yu 回/Hui. Wuhan, China. CC BY-SA 2.0, 2006. via Wikipedia.

Chinese health authorities said early Wednesday that the number of cases of a new virus has risen to 440 in China. The officially stated death toll from the so-called Wuhan coronavirus now stands at 9.

And earlier today, we learned of patient number one in the United States, in Washington state.

Excerpt from AP's early Wednesday report out of Beijing:

Deputy Director of the National Health Commission Li Bin told reporters that the figures were current as of midnight Tuesday. All the deaths had been in Hubei province, home to Wuhan city where the first illnesses from coronavirus were reported in late December.

Li said that marked an increase of 149 confirmed cases. He said Japan and South Korea had confirmed one case each and Thailand three. The U.S. and Taiwan also confirmed one case each on Tuesday.

Concerned about a global outbreak similar to SARS, another coronavirus that spread from China to more than a dozen countries in 2002-2003, numerous nations have adopted screening measures for travelers from China, especially those arriving from Wuhan.

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Outbreak from new virus rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead [AP]

More about what little is known of this new strain at CNN.

Previously at Boing Boing:Coronavirus from China has made its way to the US