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Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 81 in China as Disease Spreads Around the World

HeadlineJan 27, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, with the death toll now rising to at least 81 people in China. Nearly 60 million people are now on partial or full lockdown. Entire cities have been essentially quarantined, with residents unable to travel outside of a government-designated area. The mayor and top government officials of the city of Wuhan, which is at the center of the outbreak, have offered to resign in the face of criticism that the early response to the outbreak was too slow. Wuhan is now attempting to build a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days to treat infected patients. Hong Kong has shut down schools for several weeks.

Nearly 3,000 cases of the disease have been identified around the world, though the number is expected to rise. Five cases have been confirmed in the United States.

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