Coronavirus: Death toll climbs to 106 as China tightens measures

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The death toll from the new coronavirus now stands at 106, with the number of infections almost doubling in a day to more than 4,500. The rise comes as governments scramble to control the spread of the virus.

Hong Kong is going to slash cross-border travel with mainland China. Meanwhile, Japan is sending a plane to Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, to evacuate its citizens. The virus has spread across China and to at least 16 countries globally.

Wuhan, as well as wider Hubei province, are already effectively in a lockdown with strict transport restrictions in and out of the area. Wearing masks in public is now mandatory in some Chinese cities.

On Monday, authorities in Beijing confirmed a 50-year-old man had died – the first fatality in the Chinese capital from the virus.

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