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China Deaths Jump as Measures Fail to Slow Spread of Virus

  • At least 80 fatalities reported; WHO chief heads to Beijing
  • Patients may be spreading virus before any symptoms appear
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WATCH: As the death toll rises, global health experts are racing to find an effective treatment.Source: Bloomberg
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China’s death toll from the coronavirus climbed to at least 80 as the country extended the Lunar New Year holiday in an effort to contain an infection whose spread accelerated around the globe.

Premier Li Keqiang visited Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the disease, on Monday as the government faces pressure to combat the epidemic. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he’s heading to Beijing to meet with the government and assess the response.