Coronavirus: death toll in China passes 1,000, over 42,000 confirmed infections in the country

There are now more than 42,200 confirmed coronavirus cases across China, based on previously released figures from the government.

Updated - February 11, 2020 07:14 am IST

Published - February 11, 2020 04:55 am IST - Beijing, China

Personnel in protective gear prepare to evacuate residents from a public housing building following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China on February 11, 2020.

Personnel in protective gear prepare to evacuate residents from a public housing building following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Hong Kong, China on February 11, 2020.

The number of fatalities from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,016 nationwide on February 11 after hard-hit Hubei Province reported 103 new deaths.

The number of confirmed infections reached 42,638 nationwide with nearly 2,500 new cases reported, the National Health Commission said in its daily update.

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The new virus is believed to have emerged last year in a market that sells wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with medical workers and patients affected at a hospital in Beijing on February 10, where he called for “more decisive measures” to contain the outbreak, said state broadcaster CCTV .

 

An advance team for a World Health Organization-led international expert mission on the virus arrived in China late Monday, headed by Bruce Aylward. He oversaw the organization’s 2014-2016 response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Ahead of the team’s arrival, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned there had been some “concerning instances” of cases overseas in people with no travel history to China.

Britain on Feb. 10 recorded a doubling of cases to eight, and the government warned the outbreak of novel coronavirus was a “serious and imminent threat”.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected the outbreak would disappear in April due to hotter weather, a prognosis at odds with top U.S. health officials.

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