Six coronavirus deaths in US, China cases slow

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The US has reported six deaths from the coronavirus, as the outbreak that started in China continues to spread to new countries around the world.

Six people have died in Washington state as the United States grapples with more than 100 cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Four of the people who died were residents at the Life Care Center nursing care facility in Kirkland, in suburban Seattle, King County health officer Jeffrey Duchin said Monday. Four other coronavirus cases are also linked to the Life Care Center, according to CNN.

Coronavirus panic continues to pummel the Chinese business sector in New York City as fear of the deadly disease drives people away from east Asian neighborhoods.

Business leaders say tourists and locals have been avoiding Chinese restaurants, shops and other businesses ever since news first broke about the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December. City officials and some Chinese business owners say many people fear visiting Chinatown because the disease started in China.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has just issued a directive to all insurers to waive cost-sharing associated with virus testing.

“We can’t let cost be a barrier to access to COVID-19 testing,” he wrote on Twitter.

World Health Organization Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesushas said the world is in “uncharted territory” with the new coronavirus because while the infection can spread through a community, it can also be contained.

He is urging countries around the world to focus on containing the virus, calling for “early, aggressive measures”.

Figures just released by China’s National Health Commission suggest the outbreak there might be slowing.

Mainland China had 125 new confirmed cases on Monday, compared with 202 the day before. That’s the lowest since the country started publishing national data in January.

In Wuhan, the number of new cases was 111, compared with 193.

The commission said 31 people died from the infection.

Edited by staff

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