Tue, May 27, 2003 - Page 1 News List

China reports its lowest increase in SARS cases

AP , HONG KONG

China reported its lowest increase in new SARS cases in months yesterday but the Canadian city of Toronto was back on the map of the disease's trouble spots.

Thailand warned that its top resort island of Phuket faces financial ruin because of the SARS scare.

The US issued a new travel alert for Toronto, which had thought it had shaken SARS and had launched a campaign to lure American tourists back to Canada's largest city.

Toronto officials also announced three SARS deaths, bringing the world's toll yesterday to at least 724.

More than 8,100 people have been infected worldwide since the disease emerged in November in China's southern Guangdong Province. China and Hong Kong account for the vast majority of cases and deaths.

Health officials in China yesterday announced eight new SARS cases and two fatalities -- the lowest reported daily increase since it began reporting deaths and infections in April. The numbers have been steadily falling from highs of more than 150 cases a day at the beginning of May.

The eight new cases announced in Toronto were linked to outbreaks at hospitals.

At least 500 people possibly exposed were told to quarantine themselves at home for 10 days as a precaution, they said.

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