The number of victims of the newly discovered Corona virus in China has risen to 41, beginning with the first day of the Chinese New Year.
On Saturday, another 15 people were reported dead in Hubei province, as the virus began spreading.
Health officials are struggling to contain the spread of the virus, while millions of Chinese travel to celebrate the New Year, one of the most important events in China.
To date, there are 1,200 injuries confirmed in the country.
The virus also reached Europe, with three confirmed cases in France. Britain is still investigating a number of suspected cases, while officials are trying to track the impact of 2,000 people who came to Britain in the past days from the Chinese province of Hubei.
Australia confirmed its first infection, to catch up with other countries that have started treating cases.
The Chinese authorities have canceled some events to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
What does the virus do?
Corona virus, previously unknown to scientists, causes acute respiratory infection, accompanied by symptoms, including high fever and cough. There is no virus or vaccine yet.
It seems that most of the victims, based on a previous report on the injuries, when 17 people died, were elderly, and many of them were suffering from health conditions that existed before they contracted the virus.
But one of the deceased in recent days was a doctor in a hospital in Hubei, according to the International TV Network.
It seems that the symptoms usually begin with a high temperature, followed by a dry cough, and this leads after about a week to a feeling of shortness of breath, and at this stage some patients may need hospital treatment.
A quarter of cases are believed to be severe.
What are the restrictions?
Travel and movement restrictions vary from city to city.
Wuhan, where the virus began to circulate, is almost completely closed: public bus services, metro and ferries have been suspended, and flights and trains from the city have been canceled.
A new hospital for patients will be built in the city. Chinese media said the hospital, which can hold 1,000 beds, may be ready in six days.
Pharmacies in the city began to suffer from running out of medical supplies, and hospitals were also filling up with members of the public who appeared to be very nervous and nervous.
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The authorities advised people not to leave the city, and road barricades were reported.
What is happening in other parts of China?
Government officials in the capital, Beijing, and in Shanghai, have asked residents returning from affected areas to stay in their homes for 14 days, to prevent the spread of the virus, according to local media.
The authorities have also closed down major tourist sites, including the Forbidden City in Beijing and part of the Great Wall of China, and canceled a number of public events in other parts of the country.
Health reports said that the youngest person who died of the virus was 48 years old, while the oldest person who died of the virus was 89 years old.