China's Xi urges more policing as virus toll rises

Henrietta Strickland
February 16, 2020

Minister Agnes Buzyn says Saturday that "I was informed last night of the death of an 80-year-old patient who had been hospitalized. since January 25".

The Chinese tourist is from Hubei Province.

Buzyn said she was informed on Friday that the patient, who had been treated at the Bichat hospital in northern Paris since January 25, died of a lung infection due to the coronavirus.

His daughter was also hospitalized but authorities say she is expected to recover.

As of Saturday, four of the 11 confirmed virus cases in France have been "cured" and left the hospital, the latest a French physician on Friday, she said. The professor at the Australian National University said the virus reached a staggering 8,000 cases within eight weeks, but it took SARS eight months to cause 8,000 cases. The ministry said the new patient been tested daily while in isolation at a Lyon hospital before testing positive Saturday.

Europe has 46 cases of the virus that first emerged in central China in December.

The man did not live in Wuhan, the Chinese city that was the epicenter of the outbreak, but was from Hubei province, which includes Wuhan. The virus has so far spread to more than two dozen countries.

Xi's remarks were made public as the authorities face rare bouts of public anger over the handling of an epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people and infected some 66,000 across the country. Restaurants, shops and other businesses nationwide were ordered to close.

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France has this morning announced the first COVID-19 coronavirus death in Europe.

The World Health Organisation has now sent a team of 24 health experts to China to investigate how the virus is spreading and its severity.

In Munich on Saturday, chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a gathering of the world's top defense officials and diplomats that his country was "determined to fight and win this battle" against the virus, and suggested that its efforts were paying off.

Business losses are so severe that forecasters have cut their outlooks for China's economic growth.

"The fundamentals sustaining strong economic growth have not changed, and will not change", he said.

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