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Coronavirus death toll in China rises to 259, as cases surpass SARS epidemic

Posted: 10:37 AM, Feb 01, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-01 13:38:59-05
Daily Life In Wuhan During Lockdown

(KGTV) — China's death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 259 as of Saturday morning.

The number of confirmed cases in China also increased to 11,791, surpassing the number of 2002-03 SARS outbreak cases. World Health Organization is now warning other governments to be prepared for "domestic outbreak control" if the disease spreads overseas.

This week, Beijing criticized Washington for banning entry for most foreigners who had visited China in the last two weeks.

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Travel from China to the U.S. is being funneled to seven airports around the nation: New York's JFK, Chicago's O'Hare, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu, and Los Angeles' LAX. Delta and American Airlines temporarily suspended all of their U.S. flights to China as the outbreak continues.

There have been eight confirmed cases in the U.S. so far and nearly 200 cases under investigation.

In California, three cases have been confirmed in Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Santa Clara County.