Global death toll from new coronavirus outbreak rises to 362

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The coronavirus outbreak has now infected nearly 17,500 people globally and has killed at least 362 of them, almost all in China.

The vast majority of cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in mainland China, with the epicenter still in Wuhan, a city of 11 million and the capital of central Hubei province, where the first cases were detected back in December. A total of 17,205 people have been infected with the disease and 361 have since died, according to the National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China.

In the first case of death outside China, a man in the Philippines died after contracting the coronavirus from his friend while they were traveling together in Wuhan, China, according to the Philippines Department of Health.

PHOTO: A medical worker takes a man's body temperature at an entrance to a hospital in Suichuan, Jiangxi province, China, on Feb. 2, 2020, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus. (China Daily/Reuters)

PHOTO: A medical worker takes a man's body temperature at an entrance to a hospital in Suichuan, Jiangxi province, China, on Feb. 2, 2020, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus. (China Daily/Reuters)

PHOTO: A medical worker takes a man's body temperature at an entrance to a hospital in Suichuan, Jiangxi province, China, on Feb. 2, 2020, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus. (China Daily/Reuters)

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday announced additional border closures, severing all but three links between the semi-autonomous Chinese city and mainland China. The Hong Kong International Airp[ort, the Shenzhen Bay border and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge remain open.

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The move came as thousands of public hospital workers went on strike Monday morning, demanding the Hong Kong government shutter all borders with mainland China as the country struggles to contain the deadly outbreak. At least 15 people in the city have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to the Hong Kong Department of Health.

PHOTO: Supporters of medical workers hold a flash mob protest in Hong Kong to back their strike demanding that the semi-autonomous city close its border with mainland China to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Feb. 3, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

PHOTO: Supporters of medical workers hold a flash mob protest in Hong Kong to back their strike demanding that the semi-autonomous city close its border with mainland China to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Feb. 3, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

PHOTO: Supporters of medical workers hold a flash mob protest in Hong Kong to back their strike demanding that the semi-autonomous city close its border with mainland China to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, Feb. 3, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Beyond China, at least 169 cases have been confirmed in 25 countries.

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In the United States, 11 people have contracted the disease, including two cases of human-to-human transmission. It's still unclear how the new coronavirus is transmitted.

PHOTO: Travelers wearing face masks arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport in China on Feb. 2, 2020, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus. (China Daily/Reuters)

PHOTO: Travelers wearing face masks arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport in China on Feb. 2, 2020, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus. (China Daily/Reuters)

PHOTO: Travelers wearing face masks arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport in China on Feb. 2, 2020, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus. (China Daily/Reuters)

The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has declared a public health emergency and a temporary travel ban. Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that flights entering the country from China will be rerouted -- at no additional cost to the passenger -- to seven airports designated for screenings.

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The new coronovirus causes symptoms similar to pneumonia that can range from mild, such as a slight cough, to more severe, including fever and difficulty breathing, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ABC News' Erin Schumaker and Joseph Simonetti contributed to this report.

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