People wearing masks are seen at a subway station in Shanghai, China January 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song
Beijing - 6 February 2020: The death toll and number of people infected by the novel coronavirus continues to grow, with no signs of slowing despite severe quarantine and population control methods put in place in central China, according to CNN.
The number of confirmed cases globally stood at 28,256 as of Thursday morning, with more than 28,000 of those in China.
The number of cases in China grew by 3,694, or 15%, on the previous day. There have been 563 deaths so far, all but two of which were in China, with one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all people entering the semi-autonomous city from the Chinese mainland, including residents. The move comes after all but three border crossings were closed to try and contain the virus.
"It is expected that the measure will further reduce cross-boundary flow of people between Hong Kong and the Mainland, thus reducing the risk of transmission and spread of the disease in the community," the city's health authority said.