A team of World Health Organisation (WHO) experts will travel to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, today to investigate the outbreak of the disease.

Coronavirus first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since then spread to several countries across the world. Outside of China, eight deaths have been reported, including two in Iran on Wednesday.

According to China's National Health Commission, since the outbreak began in December, more than 12,500 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

The number of people who have recovered has risen by 1,701. A total of 12,552 coronavirus patients have by now been discharged from hospitals.

A total of 406 people who were airlifted returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, the epicentre of coronavirus, earlier this month were being looked after at the quarantine facility of ITBP.

They were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus earlier this month. 406 Indians, who were also evacuated are housed at ITBP's quarantine facility in Delhi's Chhawla area.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has gone up to 1,665 in China, with the total number of registered cases standing at 68,500 according to the country's National Health Commission.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday appeared before the public for the first time since the coronavirus epidemic started and said the government would prevent large-scale layoffs amid the outbreak.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global health emergency in the wake of the outbreak. Meanwhile, WHO's international expert mission led by Bruce Aylward has embarked on a visit to China.

The virus has prompted several governments to ban arrivals from China and urge their citizens to avoid travelling to the country. Some have recommended that their citizens leave China.