Death toll in coronavirus jumps as U.S. moves to evacuate Americans out of China

The number of infected people with the deadly coronavirus continues to climb.

As of Monday, at least 81 people have died in China, according to officials.

More than 2,700 people have been infected in more than a dozen countries, including here in the U.S. where 6 cases have been confirmed. Sixty more are being tested.

Health officials in Hong Kong warned on Monday that the situation could get worse if strict protective measures are not enforced.

“As a precautionary principle we have to be prepared that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic,” said Prof. Gabriel Leung, Dean of Hong Kong University, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

Americans in Wuhan, the center of the deadly outbreak, have been told to evacuate as officials there warned that the virus was spreading faster.

President Donald Trump on Monday offered China any help that is necessary on Monday to control the outbreak.

The virus which causes flu-like symptoms was likely spread among humans from an infected animal in Wuhan, according to officials.

And it can spread person to person.

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