Coronavirus: Death toll crosses 1100 mark as China reports 90 deaths in a day

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The death toll from the deadly coronavirus has topped 1,100, after officials in the outbreak’s epicenter reported more than 90 new deaths in the past 24 hours.

The announcement came as top scientists gathered in Geneva to try and answer questions about the new disease, with the head of the World Health Organization issuing a plea for global unity against “a common enemy that does not respect borders or ideologies.”

Authorities said there were 45,118 confirmed cases of the disease in China alone, with 395 more in 24 different countries. That includes a new case confirmed Monday in San Diego, the 13th person diagnosed in the U.S. Like most cases, that patient was recently in the Chinese city of Wuhan. All but one of the fatalities from the virus have been in mainland China.

“With 99% of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country, but one that holds a very grave threat for the rest of the world,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, warned Tuesday, urging health officials and governments to “use the window of opportunity that we have now.”

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