February 3, 2020 / 2:04 AM / 17 days ago

Factbox: Latest on the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond

(Reuters) - China said it would welcome assistance from the United States to fight a coronavirus outbreak, a day after it accused Washington of scaremongering, and as the death toll in China rose on Tuesday to 425.

Here are the latest developments:

**Hong Kong reported its first coronavirus death on Tuesday and the second death outside of China. A 39-year-old man who had been suffering from an underlying illness died after visiting China’s Wuhan city in January, taking the global death toll to 427.

**The death toll in China rose to 425 as of the end of Monday, up by a record 64 from the previous day, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

**The total number of infections in China rose by 3,235 on Tuesday to 20,438.

**There are at least 176 cases in 24 other countries and regions, the WHO said.

**Thailand has highest infections outside China with 25 cases and Singapore has 24 cases.

**Chinese-ruled Macau, the world’s biggest gambling hub, asked casino operators to close for two weeks to help curb the virus.

**Thousands of medical workers in Hong Kong held a second day of strikes to press for complete closure of borders with the mainland China.

**Australia sent hundreds of evacuees from Wuhan to an island in the Indian Ocean, while Japan began screening 3,700 passengers and crew aboard a cruise liner held in quarantine.

**Asian stocks bounced on Tuesday with Chinese markets reversing some of their previous plunge amid efforts to calm virus fears.

**Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) will suspend production in South Korea because the coronavirus outbreak has disrupted the supply of parts.

A child wears a mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as they arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

**Chinese data suggest the virus is less deadly than the 2002-03 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people of the some 8,000 it infected - although it appears to spread much faster.

**The United States, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea have recorded person-to-person transmission infections, suggesting greater potential for spreading.

**Global airlines have suspended or scaled back direct flights to China’s major cities. Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (0293.HK) said on Tuesday it plans to cut around 30% of its capacity over the next two months, including around 90% of its flights to mainland China.

Compiled by Kevin Liffey, Alex Richardson and Lisa Shumaker

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