5:30 p.m. update: The death toll from the coronavirus has climbed to seven, with five more people on life support in China's eastern city of Wuhan, raising concerns about how local health authorities are responding to an outbreak that may be different from others worldwide, officials say.

"We are planning to launch a comprehensive investigation with more inspections and inspections," Chen Yuanjin, deputy director of the Health Bureau in Wuhan told Reuters, adding that it was not clear how many people may be infected by the same strain of virus.

Earlier: Wang Li, the 54-year-old director of Wuhan Changfeng Hospital in China, is now in a hospital in Wuhan, says China's Ministry of Health, the most senior health worker to die from a virus called the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a new respiratory disease that has originated in the Middle East and has the potential to spread around the world.

Although most infections have occurred in the Middle East, the World Health Organization said Friday that 15 human infections were confirmed in France, 14 in Saudi Arabia, nine in Britain, three in Germany, two in Italy, one in France, one in Tunisia, one in the United Arab Emirates, one in South Korea, and one in Qatar.

The WHO has not recommended any travel or trade restrictions.