China's Hubei reports 2987 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection

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Chinese state media has reported that Dr Li Wenliang died today after he confirmed that he had the infection on Saturday.

The death toll from the virus in mainland China jumped by 73 to 563, with more than 28,000 confirmed infections there.

"Urgent support is needed to bolster weak health systems to detect, diagnose and care for people with the virus", Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement on Wednesday. The hospital wrote: "We deeply regret and mourn for his death". "We are here waiting for a miracle".

According to the report, he posted in his medical school alumni group on the Chinese messaging app WeChat that seven patients from a local seafood market had been diagnosed with a SARS-like illness and were quarantined in his hospital.

Another participant in the chat responded by wondering, "Is SARS coming again?" - a reference to the 2002-03 viral outbreak that killed hundreds, the newspaper said.

The Wuhan police launched an investigation against Li about "spreading gossip" after the post.

Yu took Air China as an example, noting that the carrier is applying to open global multi-stop flights to pick up more passengers, which could be a good choice at such a hard time.

Wednesday's news contrasts with that of a healthy baby who was born to a coronavirus-infected mother while in quarantine last week.

The child was born healthy on January 13, but developed coronavirus symptoms on January 29, after the baby's nanny and mother both contracted the disease.

Early reports of Dr Li's death, before the hospital said he was still alive, set off an outpouring of messages on the Chinese internet that lionised him as a hero who stood up to officials trying to play down a medical threat that came to engulf Wuhan, spill across China and ignite an global health crisis.

Zeng said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV that other mothers gave birth to babies who tested negative, so it's still unclear if the virus can be transmitted in the womb.

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World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Authorities discharged 113 patients from the hospital after recovery in the province on Wednesday.

The city has also set up 132 quarantine sites with more than 12,500 beds, according to Xinhua.

The Huoshenshan, a makeshift hospital with 1,000 beds dedicated to treating patients infected with the coronavirus, was completed in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, in a record 10 days, reports Xinhua news agency. Chinese citizens also account for the majority of the deaths - 565 - with just two coming from outside mainland China, in Hong Kong and the Philippines. He was treated in the hospital where he worked as an opthalmologist.

Even the overall number of confirmed Wuhan virus cases was vastly different, with the Tencent website allegedly listing a total of 154,023 cases, ten times higher than the official numbers.

Authorities have not identified the company, but the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was investigating.

In Canada, a British Columbia health official announced two new presumptive cases of coronavirus. White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the epidemic would delay a surge in US exports to China expected from a Phase 1 trade deal set to take effect this month.

Both are connected to the second presumptive case of coronavirus found in the Vancouver Coastal Health region that was announced on Tuesday.

Authorities conducted health checks after eight former passengers tested positive for the virus. "In addition to that, she was accompanied by no family members, as all had been placed in quarantine as either confirmed or suspected cases".

The man was one of 56 Italian nationals repatriated this week from Wuhan.

Workers making iPhones at tech giant Foxconn's plant in Henan province, bordering Hubei, will be quarantined for up to two weeks, the company said.

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