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Health personnel arrive in Wuhan as coronavirus toll reaches 106
Health personnel arrive in Wuhan as coronavirus toll reaches 106

Beijing, Jan 28 (TIWN) Thousands of health personnel on Tuesday arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll due to the disease has increased to 106 in the Asian giant, with 4,275 confirmed cases.

More than 4,100 doctors from various parts of China have arrived in Wuhan, with another 1,800 expected to join on Tuesday, Efe news reported citing officials as saying.  "Today, 13 more teams, more than 1800 medical staff will be arriving in Wuhan," Jiao Yahui, deputy director in charge of medical affairs with the National Health Commission, told the media.  Jiao added that 4,130 medical personnel have arrived in the city since January 24. 

The official said that some of these reinforcements will be sent to seven other cities in the province, which has been put into de facto quarantine to try to prevent the spread of the virus.  Jiao added that more than 10,000 beds will "soon" be made available for patients, including those in two new hospitals that are being built in the city, one of which is expected to open on February 1 and the other within two weeks. 

Most of the new cases and deaths were registered in the province of Hubei, who''s capital city is city Wuhan, where on Monday 892 new cases were detected and 22 deaths were confirmed.  Access to and from the city has been cut off since January 23 in order to contain the spread of the virus. According to local authorities, 9 million people remain within the city.  The rest of the deaths nationwide, according to CGTN, took place in the provinces of Hebei, Henan, Heilongjiang, Hainan as well as in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

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