Coronavirus has reportedly spread across Asia and other countries of the world with about 106 died and more than 4,515 cases confirmed in mainland China.
Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, US and Vietnam are among the countries that have recorded cases of the disease.
Authorities in Hubei, the Chinese province at the centre of the outbreak, said an additional 1,300 cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number in the region to over 2,700, with majority still in hospital, with more than 125 in critical condition, CNN reports.
CNN also reported that cases have been confirmed in every province and territory in China except for Tibet.
William Schaffner, an adviser to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was quoted by CNN to have said the infection is much more contagious than they originally thought.
“This is worse than we anticipated,” he said.
However, Zhang Jun, China’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN), has said the country has full capability and confidence in winning the battle against the epidemic.
“Putting the interests of the people first, China has taken rapid and strong measures, putting in place a nationwide prevention and control mechanism,” he said.
He added that “China has been working with the international community in the spirit of openness, transparency and scientific coordination. With a great sense of responsibility, China is sparing no effort in curbing the spread of disease and saving lives. Now is a crucial moment, and China has full capability and confidence in winning the battle against the epidemic.”