Chinese gov’t orders cremation for coronavirus victims
The death toll in China from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 1,381, the country’s National Health Commission said Friday.
Authorities said 63,851 confirmed cases have been reported, while in the last 24 hours, 121 people have died and more than 5,090 new cases have been detected.
NO FUNERALS FOR THE VICTIMS
The number of those detected with the virus outside China's mainland has reached 53 in Hong Kong and 10 in Macau. Both are special administrative regions.
Chinese authorities, on the other hand, started cremating bodies of the outbreak victims.
The number of people under medical observation is 177,974.
The virus is said to have been transmitted to humans from animals, particularly bats.
It has spread to more than 20 other countries including the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain and India.
Many countries, including Turkey, have evacuated their citizens from the city of Wuhan – the epicenter of the virus – and other affected areas of China, placing them under quarantine and monitoring.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an international health emergency.