Photos: China opens coronavirus hospital, market plunges as toll grows

The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said Tuesday. China has sent medical workers and equipment to a newly built hospital, infused cash into financial markets and further restricted people's movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact. The latest figures are up from 361 deaths and 17,205 confirmed cases.

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Construction workers at the site of the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital being built in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China sent medical workers and equipment to a newly built hospital, infused cash into financial markets and further restricted people’s movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua/AP)

Construction workers at the site of the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital being built in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China sent medical workers and equipment to a newly built hospital, infused cash into financial markets and further restricted people’s movement in sweeping new steps Monday to contain a rapidly spreading virus and its escalating impact. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua/AP)

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The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said on Tuesday. (AP)

The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said on Tuesday. (AP)

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A doctor puts on a protective suit at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Leading Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said additional hospital space was crucial to stopping the spread of new infections. “The lack of hospital rooms forced sick people to return home, which is extremely dangerous. So having additional (beds) available is a great improvement,” Zhong told state broadcaster CCTV. (AP)

A doctor puts on a protective suit at a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Leading Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said additional hospital space was crucial to stopping the spread of new infections. “The lack of hospital rooms forced sick people to return home, which is extremely dangerous. So having additional (beds) available is a great improvement,” Zhong told state broadcaster CCTV. (AP)

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In a sign of the economic toll of the outbreak, China’s Shanghai Composite index plunged 8.7% when it reopened Monday following the Lunar New Year holiday. It steadied later on the central bank’s moves to inject cash.“We are fully confident in and capable of minimizing the epidemic’s impact on economy,” said Lian Weiliang, deputy chief of the National Development and Reform Commission, at a news conference in Beijing. (AP)

In a sign of the economic toll of the outbreak, China’s Shanghai Composite index plunged 8.7% when it reopened Monday following the Lunar New Year holiday. It steadied later on the central bank’s moves to inject cash.“We are fully confident in and capable of minimizing the epidemic’s impact on economy,” said Lian Weiliang, deputy chief of the National Development and Reform Commission, at a news conference in Beijing. (AP)

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Amid accusations of a slow official response to the outbreak, six officials in the city of Huanggang, next to Wuhan in Hubei province, were fired over “poor performance” in handling the outbreak, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It cited the mayor as saying the city’s “capabilities to treat the patients remained inadequate and there is a severe shortage in medical supplies such as protective suits and medical masks.” (AP)

Amid accusations of a slow official response to the outbreak, six officials in the city of Huanggang, next to Wuhan in Hubei province, were fired over “poor performance” in handling the outbreak, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. It cited the mayor as saying the city’s “capabilities to treat the patients remained inadequate and there is a severe shortage in medical supplies such as protective suits and medical masks.” (AP)

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Workers arrange beds in a convention center that has been converted into a temporary hospital. The trading and manufacturing center of Wenzhou, with nearly 10 million people in coastal Zhejiang province, confined people to their homes, allowing only one family member to venture out every other day to buy necessary supplies. Huanggang, home to 7 million people, imposed similar measures on Saturday (AP)

Workers arrange beds in a convention center that has been converted into a temporary hospital. The trading and manufacturing center of Wenzhou, with nearly 10 million people in coastal Zhejiang province, confined people to their homes, allowing only one family member to venture out every other day to buy necessary supplies. Huanggang, home to 7 million people, imposed similar measures on Saturday (AP)

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Doctors look at a CT scan of a patient at a hospital in Wuhan. With no end in sight to the outbreak, authorities in Hubei and elsewhere extended the Lunar New Year holiday break, due to end this week, well into February to try to keep people at home and reduce the spread of the virus. All Hubei schools are postponing the start of the new semester until further notice. (AP)

Doctors look at a CT scan of a patient at a hospital in Wuhan. With no end in sight to the outbreak, authorities in Hubei and elsewhere extended the Lunar New Year holiday break, due to end this week, well into February to try to keep people at home and reduce the spread of the virus. All Hubei schools are postponing the start of the new semester until further notice. (AP)

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A worker walks among beds in a convention center that has been converted into a temporary hospital. With more countries imposing restrictions on travelers from China, and reports of discrimination against Chinese abroad, the country’s diplomats are speaking out. Chinese ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan expressed worries over Chinese people being turned away by restaurants and taxis in the Indian Ocean island nation. (AP)

A worker walks among beds in a convention center that has been converted into a temporary hospital. With more countries imposing restrictions on travelers from China, and reports of discrimination against Chinese abroad, the country’s diplomats are speaking out. Chinese ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan expressed worries over Chinese people being turned away by restaurants and taxis in the Indian Ocean island nation. (AP)

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Polish military personnel wearing protective suits stand on board a military aircraft used to transport evacuees from Wuhan. South Korea, which has 15 confirmed cases, was quarantining 800 soldiers who had recently visited China, Hong Kong or Macao or had contact with people who had, defense ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyunsoo said. (Arek Rataj / AP)

Polish military personnel wearing protective suits stand on board a military aircraft used to transport evacuees from Wuhan. South Korea, which has 15 confirmed cases, was quarantining 800 soldiers who had recently visited China, Hong Kong or Macao or had contact with people who had, defense ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyunsoo said. (Arek Rataj / AP)

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Medical workers in protective suits help transfer the first group of patients into the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital. The World Health Organization said the number of cases will keep growing because tests are pending on thousands of suspected cases. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua/AP)

Medical workers in protective suits help transfer the first group of patients into the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital. The World Health Organization said the number of cases will keep growing because tests are pending on thousands of suspected cases. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua/AP)

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