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Wuhan (China), Jan 29 (Canadian-Media): After the deaths of 132 people and infected more than 6,000 -- surpassed that of the 2003 SARS outbreak -- due to coronavirus, in the Chinese hardest city, several countries have started moving their citizens out of the Chinese city, media reports said.
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Dozens of infections have been confirmed outside China, including cases in: Taiwan, Australia, Cambodia, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, the U.S. and Canada, Gulf state.
Two hospitals are being built by Wuhan to add 2,500 beds for treatment of virus patients in a matter of days.
A Japanese flight carrying 206 evacuees home was also bringing 20,000 face masks, which are in short supply in China.
An American flight also carried Americans who had been in Wuhan landed in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday evening, where they will be rescreened for the virus.
250 Canadians living in China had registered online with Global Affairs Canada, with about 126 requesting consular assistance to get home, said Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
Italy and The United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Mongolia and other governments also planned evacuations.
On Tuesday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) met with Xi Jinping, Chinese leader to discuss the latest information on the outbreak and said in a news release,
"Stopping the spread of this virus both in China and globally is WHO's highest priority," Tedros said.