There are now more than 47,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout China, including more than 16,000 cases in the epicenter Hubei province, the World Health Organization said in a Friday update briefing. Nearly 1,400 deaths have been reported from the pneumonia-like illness it causes, including 121 deaths reported in the past day. Six of those who died were health care workers — "a critical piece of information" as WHO continues to investigate why even rigorous medical guidelines haven't stopped the spread, WHO reported Friday. A total of 1,716 health care workers in China have contracted COVID-19 despite WHO's guidelines. Hubei, home to the epicenter city of Wuhan, is enacting wartime measures, such as blocking people from going outside, limiting travel on roads, and sealing off residential areas.
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