New virus has infected over 78,000 people globally

BEIJING, Feb 23 (Agencies): A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 78,000 people globally.
The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.
The latest figures reported by each government’s health authority as of Sunday in Beijing: Mainland China: 2,442 deaths among 76,936 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei Hong Kong: 69 cases, 2 deaths Macao: 10 cases Japan: 769 cases, including at least 634 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 3 deaths South Korea: 556 cases, 5 deaths Singapore: 89 cases Italy: 79 cases; 2 deaths United States: 35 cases; separately, 1 U.S. citizen died in China Thailand: 35 cases Iran: 28 cases, 6 deaths Taiwan: 26 cases, 1 death Australia: 23 cases Malaysia: 22 Vietnam: 16 cases Germany: 16 France: 12 cases, 1 death United Arab Emirates: 11 cases United Kingdom: 9 Canada: 9 Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death India: 3 cases Russia: 2 Spain: 2 Lebanon: 1 Israel: 1 Belgium: 1 Nepal: 1 Sri Lanka: 1 Sweden: 1 Cambodia: 1 Finland: 1 Egypt: 1 (AP).

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