Death toll from coronavirus rises to 427 as officials confirm more than 20,000 people worldwide are infected

The coronavirus outbreak has risen to 426, with the total number of cases worldwide now standing at almost 21,000, officials said on Tuesday.

Volunteers from a public welfare alliance in Shandong province visit a company in the area, and sprayed disinfectant with drones
It comes after the country opened a new hospital built in 10 days, infused cash into tumbling financial markets and further restricted people's movement in hopes of containing the rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact.

Despite this, the death toll rose by a daily record 65 from Monday to Tuesday, the National Health Commission confirmed, up from 361 deaths and 17,205 confirmed cases previously.

There are at least 151 cases in 25 other countries and regions, including the United States, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Britain. 

Doctor talks with colleague through the intercom at the microbiology laboratory of the Zhijiang campus of the First Affiliated Hospital of College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, in the capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, where coronavirus patients are being treated
Chinese data suggest that the new virus, while much more contagious than SARS, is significantly less lethal, although such numbers can evolve rapidly.

Some economists predict world economic output will be cut by 0.2 to 0.3 percentage points due to China's lockdown.

Countries continued to fly evacuation flights for citizens out of Wuhan. A plane load of Australians left the city on Monday and arrived in the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, where they will be quarantined, media reported on Tuesday.

The United States, which flew people out last week, is planning 'a handful more flights' while Russia was due to start evacuating its citizens from Wuhan on Monday.

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