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Death toll from the coronavirus epidemic in China have risen to 361, confirmed the National Health Commission on Monday.

There have been more than 17,200 confirmed cases of the virus in mainland China alone.

The fresh toll has come a day after China imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicentre.

The first fatality outside China was reported in the Philippines and the total number of confirmed cases outside China has exceeded 150.

The new death toll from coronavirus has gone past the 349 fatalities from the 2002-3 SARS outbreak in mainland China.

The G7 countries, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, have all confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

The World Health Organization has declared the crisis a global health emergency.

Coronavirus in India

The third case of coronavirus was confirmed in India on Monday while more than 600 Indians and seven Maldivians were evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic.

All the three cases were reported from south Indian state of Kerala and the victims are students who returned from Wuhan last month.

The Indian government has set up a 24X7 helpline number to attend to queries about the novel coronavirus (nCov) as number of cases rose across the world. “A 24X7 call centre is active for responding to queries on ncov2020. Anyone seeking information can call on the number 011-23978046,” the Union ministry of health said in a tweet.

“If you seek any help, you may call to know details about District and State surveillance officers and in case any clinical query connect with Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Officer,” the tweet read.

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