he number of those infected and killed across China by the Wuhan coronavirus continues to climb ever upward with the tally of confirmed cases threatening to surpass 1,000 by the start of the Chinese New Year.
On Friday morning, China’s National Health Commission reported that there were now a total of 830 confirmed cases in the country, along with 1,072 more suspected cases.
Meanwhile, the casualty count has increased from 18 to 25 with 24 of those deaths occurring in Hubei province and the remaining one in Hebei.
While Hubei remains the epicenter of the outbreak with 549 cases, the virus has found its way to 27 of China’s 34 provincial-level divisions with some places now beginning to accumulate a frightening number of infected patients: 15 in Sichuan, 43 in Zhejiang, and 20 in Shanghai.
In an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, China has taken some unprecedented and drastic actions including locking down public transit in a number of cities in Hubei province just ahead of what is normally the world’s largest human migration.
The World Health Organization has weighed in on the virus, declaring that it certainly is an emergency in China but that it’s too early to call it a “global” one.