Coronavirus: China confirms death toll has risen to 25

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Beijing: China said on Friday local time that the total number of coronavirus cases in mainland China rose to 830 and the death toll has risen to 25.

China is battling to contain a deadly coronavirus in Hubei province, as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepare to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Beijing and Hong Kong have cancelled some major festivities to prevent large crowds gathering.

Wuhan and other cities in Hubei have seen far more draconian measures, with public transport suspended.

Two more Chinese cities were put on lockdown by the government on Thursday, as authorities in the Chinese gambling center of Macau said they were weighing closures of its casinos.

The World Health Organization on Thursday declined to declare the outbreak a global public health emergency, citing a limited number of cases abroad and efforts underway to bring it under control.

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