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WIT student currently in isolation over Coronavirus fears

A Chinese student who travelled from Wuhan to Waterford is in self-isolation as a precautionary measure, amid continuing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has confirmed that the student isn’t ill and not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus.

As a precaution, he’s staying in isolation in his accommodation in Waterford City.

The deadly Coronavirus has reached a death toll of 80 people in China and the number of confirmed infections stands at 2,744.

Cases have also been found in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France, Australia, the US, and Canada

The director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is preparing to satisfy Chinese officials in Beijing today to debate the deadly outbreak and efforts to limit its spread.

Authorities in China have extended the present public holiday until Sunday as they work to contain the outbreak.

The virus originated within the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late last year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing.

Over the weekend, China warned that the power of the coronavirus to spread is getting stronger.

The authorities said little is understood about the new virus and are unclear on the risks posed by it mutating.

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