Healthcare Coronavirus: WHO declares China virus global emergency as death toll reaches 213 Updated : January 31, 2020 08:04 AM IST The death toll in Hubei, the Chinese province at the center of the epidemic, had risen to 204. There were 9,692 cases of infection nationally as of Thursday, Chinese health authorities said. The WHO was declaring a global health emergency because it was concerned about the virus spreading to countries that did not have the resources to deal with it. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.