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The coronavirus has now infected more people in China than SARS has, with the death toll rising to 133.

The coronavirus has now infected more people in China than SARS has, with the death toll rising to 170.

The overwhelming number of cases remain in Hubei, the central Chinese province where the disease first broke out.

More than 7700 people in mainland China now have the illness.

A child plays in the middle of Wuhan, the city effectively besieged as a consequence of the coronavirus plague.

It marks a dramatic jump from 10 days ago, when just 278 patients had been diagnosed.

The figures come from renowned medical school John Hopkins University, who have been collating data from all over the world.

The university has created an interactive map, which shows how the disease is spreading.

Hundreds of construction workers and heavy machinery build new hospitals to tackle the coronavirus on January 28, 2020 in Wuhan.

Thus far, all the fatalities have been in mainland China, though there are cases in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, France, Germany, Thailand and the United States.

Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the UAE, Canada, Vietnam, Cambodia, Finland, Nepal and Sri Lanka have also had confirmed cases.

Worse than SARS

In little more than a week, coronavirus has had more infections in China than SARS, the deadly superbug that originated in that country in 2002.

SARS carried a 9.6 per cent fatality rate and infected 8098 people across the globe.

SARS caused a global panic when it started to spread in the early 2000s.

It originated from horseshoe bats in Yunnan Province in China's south.

The human-to-human transmission is profoundly difficult to control, because many people are infectious without knowing them are sick.

Some coronavirus patients include children who develop pneumonia without showing any symptoms.

Chinese authorities are urging people to wear masks outside and ensure they frequently washing their hands to lower the risk of contracting coronavirus.

How coronavirus affects the human body.

The World Health Organisation is yet to declare a public health emergency, but they may soon.

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Google has closed all of its Chinese offices, and Bytedance, which owns TikTok, has told employees to work from home.

Wuhan locked down

In Wuhan, the city that marks ground-zero of the coronavirus outbreak, construction crews are rushing to finish a 1000-bed hospital which they started building last week.

Experts in Hong Kong have projected the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan is much more widespread than local authorities have confirmed.

As many as 44,000 people in the city of 11 million may have the disease.

China has now banned all wildlife trade, after the virus was linked back to a seafood market in Wuhan which sells wild animals as food.

There is now some suggestion that the market may not be the original source of the outbreak.

Read more: What is the coronavirus and are you at risk?

Mask shortage

There is now a rush to buy protective masks around the world, with some Chinese cities now requiring people to wear them outside.

And in Shanghai, queues lining up outside pharmacies have jostled and shoved each other in order to buy masks.

In Japan, shares of Kawamoto, which makes masks, have more than quadrupled this month.

Experts warn that face masks do little to protect healthy people from getting sick.

People line up to buy face masks from a medical supply company in Nanning in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

But they do lower the risk of diseases spreading if they are worn by sick people in public places.

Yesterday Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced it would distribute masks from the national stockpile to GP surgeries around the country.

Doctors are being advised to wear a mask and put a mask on any patient who could possibly have coronavirus.

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Source: 9News

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