Coronavirus death toll increases to 1,662

2020-02-16 at 07:30

The number of deaths from China’s coronavirus epidemic jumped past 1,600 after 139 more people died in hard-hit Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.

In its daily update, the province’s health commission also reported 1,843 fresh cases the third day that reported new infections declined in the province.

At least 1,662 people have now died from the outbreak that first emerged in Hubei’s capital, Wuhan, in December and spiralled into a nationwide epidemic.

More than 68,000 people have now been infected, with most deaths occurring in Hubei.

The province added more than 14,000 cases in a single day this week after officials there changed their criteria for counting cases to include people clinically diagnosed through lung imaging, in addition to those with a positive lab test result.

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