Coronavirus Wuhan: China death toll crosses 810

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The number of deaths from the new virus surpassed the global death toll for SARS, when China reported 811 deaths in the mainland on Sunday. That brings the global death toll to 813 — including one in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.

Chinese tech giant Tencent has asked its employees to working from home for another week, extending the return date to from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21.

The move is aimed at protecting employees from the spread of the virus, the gaming company said on the official account of its popular messaging app, WeChat.

China has been transferring patients to the second newly completed specialized hospital in Wuhan, the Leishenshan Hospital, according to China Global Television Network, controlled by the Communist Party.

The hospital is able to take 1,500 beds and accommodate more than 2,000 medical staff, CGTN said. The first group of patients with the virus was transferred to the hospital on Saturday, the network said.

Another makeshift hospital, the 1,000-bed Huoshenshan facility — which was built in less than two weeks —received its first patients last Monday.

More than 70 exhibitors have withdrawn from the Singapore Airshow, media reported. The event, due to be held in Singapore from Feb. 11-16, is touted as Asia’s largest aerospace event.

Those that have pulled out of the event include Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. The airshow takes place once every two years, and was initially expected to attract 54,151 trade attendees from 147 countries.

Experia Events Managing Director Leck Chet Lam said the number of firms that have withdrawn represented less than 8% of those that had signed up, according to media. As of Friday, Singapore reported 40 confirmed cases of the new virus.

Singapore’s central bank has called on financial institutions to “be prepared to manage any increase in demand for certain financial services,” as a result of the virus outbreak. Such services include cash withdrawal or online financial services, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said in a statement on Sunday.

Singapore has reported 40 confirmed cases so far, and raised its risk assessment to the second highest level on Friday. The city-state of 5.6 million people has one of the most number of confirmed cases outside China.

MAS also reminded financial firms to be careful of cyber security threats. “There have been cases of cyber threat actors taking advantage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation to conduct email scams, phishing and ransomware attacks,” MAS said in a statement on Sunday, referring to the interim name of the new virus.

The National Health Commission said on its website that 2,656 new cases were confirmed. This brings the total number to 37,198 in mainland China.

Hubei province reported an additional 81 deaths and another 2,147 new cases as of Saturday. It brings the cumulative number of deaths in the province to 780, and total confirmed cases to 27,100.

The number of deaths from the mysterious virus is now higher than the global death toll for SARS.

China has reported 811 deaths in the mainland so far. That brings the global death toll to 813 — including one in the Philippines and another in Hong Kong.

The SARS outbreak in 2003 killed 774 people globally, according to the World Health Organization.