A particularly scary characteristic of the coronavirus outbreak is the frightening rate at which those that contract the virus are dying.

The epidemic has killed an extraordinary number of people in China and continues to spread across the planet. The virus is killing people and spreading fear to people and places that have share any connection to Wuhan in the past six months.

America is one of the 24 countries that have reported positive cases of the coronavirus. There have been patients in several states in relation to people who had previously been in Wuhan. Although no Americans have died due to the coronavirus in the United States, the first American, who worked in China, died recently died in Wuhan after contracting the illness.

Fox News reported on this recent uptick in deaths.

The World Health Organization said in a daily briefing that there are at least 40,235 confirmed cases of the virus in mainland China, where 99 percent of the infected people reside. There are also 319 cases in 24 other countries outside of China, including 12 in the U.S.

The epidemic has killed more people than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in China in 2003, when 774 people died and 8,000 were infected.

Despite efforts by the Chinese government to contain the virus and international efforts to isolate patients, 66 newly infected people were discovered aboard a quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, on Monday.

Altogether, at least 135 people who have been confined to the ship for over six days were taken off of the Diamond Princess and admitted to hospitals in Japan for treatment, including 23 Americans. Most of the 3,711 passengers and crew on board have remained quarantined on the ship.

Tens of thousands of Chinese citizens have been evaluated and cleared for the coronavirus. Japan is experiencing the second highest number of people testing positive for the virus with a total of 203 cases.

As the virus is being reported in London’s first citizen to contract it, Wuhan is spraying the streets with massive clouds of disinfectants and shutting down ventilation systems as they evaluate the possibility of the virus contaminating entire apartment buildings via the duct system.

The terrible statistic comes on the heels of the Chinese doctor that is being called a “whistleblower” for his predictions about the dangerous potential of the virus last year, recently died after contracting the deadly virus.

This epidemic has surpassed the other viral threats to humanity that have circulated in recent decades. Surpassing 100 deaths in a day is a frightening threshold to cross, particularly when the virus is currently being studied and understood.

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