Death toll in China climbed above 1,000, as the WHO cautioned that the spread of cases outside of China could be “the spark that becomes a bigger fire”.
Bejing| 2,478 new coronavirus cases were identified in mainland China on Monday, bringing the total number of infections there to 42,638. Worldwide, 43,090 people were infected as of Tuesday morning.
Hubei province, the epicentre out the outbreak, reported 103 deaths on Monday – the most in any single day – after 91 deaths on Sunday. But the 2,097 new cases were down from the previous day when there were 2,618.
A total of 108 people in mainland China died from the Wuhan coronavirus on Monday, according to the country’s National Health Commission (NHC), marking the first time the single-day death toll has crossed into triple digits.
The number of deaths per day in the virus-hit-country has steadily risen over the past few weeks since the Chinese authorities began issuing daily updates.
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108 people died from the infection on Monday, making the total death toll there to 1,016, National Health Commission said. Two people have died outside the mainland, in Hong Kong and the Philippines. Nearly 4,000 infected patients in mainland China have been healed and discharged from hospital, officials said.
Chinese cities have become virtual ghost towns after Communist Party rulers ordered lockdowns, cancelled flights and closed factories and schools.
Ten extra days had been added to the Lunar New Year holidays that had been due to finish at the end of January to help slow the virus’ spread. Even on Monday, many workplaces remained closed as people worked from home.
The Delhi government has traced nearly 75% of the Delhi residents who’ve returned from China after Jan 15 – tracking down 2,885 persons so far – in a bid to prevent a secondary outbreak of the coronavirus.