Virus death toll rises in China as Germany identifies its first case

With 5 million people having left Wuhan, new fears are that coronavirus cases will grow

The deadly coronavirus continues to take its toll with the Associated Press reporting Monday night China has recorded 25 more deaths in the outbreak — pushing the total death toll to at least 106 — while Germany confirmed its first case in the European nation.

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According to Reuters, the Bavarian Health Department said the German patient is in "good condition" and is isolated at a facility in the town of Starnberg, about 19 miles south of Munich. Germany becomes the 16th country to register a case with the virus. With the exception of China -- which has reported 4,000 cases -- all other countries have patients numbering in the single digits. Australia has the most people diagnosed with five.

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In China, the number is expected to expand. Over the weekend, Zhou Xianwang, the Mayor of Wuhan, said that 5 million people had left the city before travel restrictions were imposed ahead of the Chinese New Year.  China's National Health Commission in an effort to encourage people who may have the disease to come forward have promised that any patient would not have to foot the bill of any medical costs associated with diagnosis and treatment.

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Many of the patients in the initial outbreak in Wuhan had a link of a large seafood and animal market which suggested a potential animal-to-person spreading of the virus. A growing number of patients, though,  have reportedly not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on its web site wrote, "At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people."

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