At least 910 people have now died from the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, around the world. Up to 908 were in China, including a Japanese man and a US citizen, and one death occurred in the Philippines and Hong Kong. More than 40,000 people have been infected by coronavirus globally. But Sunday’s record day for deaths rocketed up to 97 in China.
This was the largest in a single day since the outbreak was detected in mid-December.
And the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has now warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being passed by people who have never travelled to China could be the “tip of the iceberg”.
He wrote on Twitter: “As I told media yesterday, coronavirus spread outside China appears to be slow now, but could accelerate.
“Containment remains our objective, but all countries must use the window of opportunity created by the containment strategy to prepare for the virus’s possible arrival.
“There’ve been some concerning instances of onward Coronavirus spread from people with no travel history to China.
“The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg.”
Chinese workers have started going back to offices and factories as the government has eased some restrictions on working.
But 3,062 new virus cases were reported in China on Sunday.
The ship was put on a two-week quarantine when it arrived at Yokohama on February 3.
Meanwhile, coronavirus is now a “serious and imminent threat” to the British public, health secretary Matt Hancock warned this morning.
This announcement gives the Government greater powers to fight the spread of the virus.
A Department of Health statement said: “The Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.
“The Secretary of State declares that the incidence or transmission of novel coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and the measures outlined in these regulations are considered as an effective means of delaying or preventing further transmission of the virus.”
Health officials in Britain are also reportedly under pressure to release details of the British coronavirus “super spreader”.
A businessman, who contracted the virus in Singapore and has not been named, is now known to have infected at least seven Britons in a French ski resort, before returning home to Brighton and becoming ill five days later.
He infected the fourth UK person who was confirmed to have the disease, as well as patients in Spain and France.
The number of is now higher than the 774 people believed to have died of the 2002 SARS outbreak.
This was another type of coronavirus that originated in China.
A WHO international team investigating the outbreak is flying to China on Monday.