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This photo taken on January 28, 2020 shows medical staff members cheering up a patient infected by the novel coronavirus in an isolation ward at a hospital in Zouping in China's easter Shandong province. - China faced deepening isolation over its coronavirus epidemic on February 1 as the death toll soared to 259, with the United States leading a growing list of nations to impose extraordinary Chinese travel bans. (Photo by STR / AFP)

BEIJING: A virus similar to the SARS pathogen has killed 259 people in China and spread around the world since emerging in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

On Saturday, China’s National Health Commission said nearly 12,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Outside mainland China, there have been more than 100 infections reported in more than 20 countries.

The World Health Organisation has declared an international emergency over the outbreak.

Here are the places that have confirmed cases of the coronavirus:

As of Saturday, 11,791 people have been infected across China, the majority in and around Wuhan.

Most of the 259 who have died were in that region, but officials have confirmed multiple deaths elsewhere, including in the capital Beijing.

Ten patients have been confirmed in Australia. Most of them arrived in the country from Wuhan or Hubei province.

Cambodia’s health ministry has so far reported one case, a 60-year-old man who arrived from Wuhan.

In Hong Kong, 13 people are known to have the disease.

Officials confirmed the first case in Kerala, southern India, on Thursday. The woman, a student at Wuhan University, was isolated at a hospital.

Japan health authorities said they had registered 14 cases, including two cases of human-to-human transmission.

Macau, a gambling hub hugely popular with Chinese mainland tourists, has confirmed seven cases.

Malaysia has confirmed eight cases so far, all Chinese nationals.

Nepal has reported one case so far: a man who arrived from Wuhan.

The Philippines reported its first case of the virus on Thursday, a 38-year-old woman who arrived from Wuhan and is no longer showing symptoms.

Singapore announced three new cases on Friday, bringing its total to 16.

South Korea on Friday confirmed four more cases of the deadly SARS-like virus, bringing the total in the country to 11.

Sri Lanka has confirmed one case – a 43-year-old Chinese tourist from Hubei province.

Taiwan has uncovered 10 cases so far, including two female Chinese nationals in their 70s who arrived in the country as part of a tour group.

Thailand has announced 19 confirmed infections - the most outside of China.

Vietnam has confirmed five cases.

Canada has confirmed four cases so far.

The United States has confirmed seven cases: three in California, two in Illinois, one in Arizona and one in Washington state.

British health officials on Friday announced that two people had tested positive for the virus, the country’s first confirmed cases. A tourist from Wuhan tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and was being treated in isolation in hospital, officials said.

There are six known cases in France, the first European country to be affected.

Germany now has seven confirmed cases.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the first two cases in his country on Thursday – two Chinese tourists who recently arrived in Italy.

Russia said Friday that two Chinese citizens had tested positive in the country’s first cases.

Sweden on Friday announced its first case, a woman whose nationality has not been revealed.

Spain reported its first case late on Friday in a man on the island of La Gomera in the Canaries who was one of five people isolated after coming into contact with a German man with the illness.

UAE health officials have confirmed a Chinese family of four tested positive for the virus after arriving from Wuhan. - AFP

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