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Coronavirus outbreak LIVE Updates: Hong Kong's Disneyland, Ocean Park close as virus spreads

Coronavirus outbreak LIVE Updates: Hong Kong's Disneyland, Ocean Park close as virus spreads
Chinese health authorities Sunday said the death toll due to the deadly new coronavirus rose to 56. (Reuters)

Coronavirus outbreak LIVE Updates: As coronavirus spreads in mainland China, two of Hong Kong’s biggest attractions, Disneyland and Ocean Park, Sunday announced they were closing for the time being. Chinese health authorities said the death toll due to the deadly new coronavirus rose to 56, with an increase in the number of confirmed cases from 1,287 on Saturday morning to 1,975 Sunday. At least 324 out of 1,975 confirmed cases were said to be critical.

Internationally, the virus has spread to Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Taiwan, Nepal, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, France and the US.

Meanwhile, the US State Department Sunday said it will relocate personnel at its Wuhan consulate to the United States and will offer a limited number of seats to private US citizens on a flight out of the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

India on Saturday requested China to permit over 250 Indian students stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of the new SARS-like virus, to leave the city, sources said. About 700 Indian students, mostly medical students, are believed to be studying in different universities in Wuhan and its surrounding areas. Authorities have prevented anyone from leaving Wuhan, the city of 11 million people at the heart of the viral outbreak which has so far infected nearly 1,300 people and killed 41 others.