China virus death toll passes 1,110

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Xi said there were "positive results" but warned that the country "must not relax" its epidemic control efforts, according to state media, as authorities have kept tens of millions of people under lockdown. Out of China, 393 cases are being reported in 24 nations, with one death.

Several countries have banned arrivals from China, while major airlines have halted flights to and from the country, as hundreds of people have now been infected in some two-dozen countries.

Another 97 people died in China, raising the national toll to 1,113, while more than 44,600 people have now been infected by the newly named Covid-19.

The biggest case of contagion outside China is aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Japan, where 175 people have tested positive, including two Ukrainians and a quarantine officer.

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The Diamond Princess was placed in quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 3, after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

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Most of the deaths have been in Hubei and its capital, Wuhan, the epicentre of the crisis. A USA citizen died in China.

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine claimed a woman who wasn't showing symptoms triggered a chain of coronavirus infections. Meanwhile, 42,638 infections have been reported.

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"A virus can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action".

It was "an example of the global solidarity we have consistently been calling for", he said.

He also highlighted the rapid increase in the number of people cured and discharged from hospitals, bringing the recovery rate to 10.6 percent by Tuesday from the lowest level of 1.3 percent on January 27.

"The problem of human to human transmission has not yet been resolved".

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The restart of business poses a risk of further spreading the virus, but China has little recourse, said Cong Liang, secretary general of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's main economic planning body. The virus belongs to the same family of viruses as the organisms which caused the SARS outbreak of 2003 and the MERS cases reported in 2012.

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