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Christians bring life to Wuhan in midst of Coronavirus

by Ruth Sax

More than 800 people have died from Coronavirus, overtaking the number of deaths of the Sars epidemic in 2003. 

All but two of the overall total of 813 deaths have so far been in mainland China.

In 2003, 774 people were killed by Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in more than two dozen countries.

In China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the latest outbreak, the death toll is now at 780 by regional health officials.

On Sunday more than 200 British nationals arrived back in the UK on the government's final evacuation flight from China following the outbreak.

Another patient has tested positive for coronavirus in England, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to four, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said.

The Coronavirus started in Wuhan, which has a population of 11 million people. Chinese authorities have quarantined several major cities (including Wuhan) and incredibly, China has built several hospitals to care for the sick in just a matter of days. 

The Christian community has stepped up and is trying to bring life to those who fear the virus.

Pastor Tan Songhua from Wuhan Cornerstone Church preached to his congregation that although they will face trials of faith and personal safety, Jesus only has "plans to prosper you and not to harm you (Jeremiah 29:11)." 
He is calling on Christians to pray for Wuhan and to bring the peace of Christ to everyone.

The Chinese Christian Fellowship of Righteousness is broadcasting sermons of love and encouragement to their community through loudspeakers placed on their balconies. 

Other Christians in the city of Wuhan have been on the streets giving out masks and sharing the gospel.

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