China allots nearly $9 billion to contain spread of coronavirus

China allots nearly $9 billion to contain spread of coronavirus

Medical workers in protective gear help a patient get out of an ambulance in Wuhan in central Chinas Hubei Province. AP/PTI photo.

Shanghai, January 27

China's finance ministry and National Health Commission have extended 60.33 billion yuan ($8.74 billion) to help contain a spreading virus, according to a statement on the ministry's website.

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose to 81 on Monday, as the government extended the Lunar New Year holiday and more big businesses shut down or told staff to work from home in an effort to curb the spread.— Reuters

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