BEIJING (AFP): The number of fatalities from the new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,011 in China on Tuesday after hard-hit Hubei province reported 103 new deaths.
In its daily update, Hubei’s health commission also confirmed another 2,097 new cases in the central province, where the outbreak emerged in December.
There are now more than 42,200 confirmed cases across China, based on previously released figures from the government.
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 Monday (Feb 10), where he called for “more decisive measures” to contain the outbreak, said state broadcaster CCTV.
An advance team for a World Health Organisation-led international expert mission on the virus arrived in China late Monday, headed by Bruce Aylward. He oversaw the organisation’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 Monday recorded a doubling of cases to eight, and the government warned the outbreak of novel coronavirus was a “serious and imminent threat”.
US President Donald Trump said he expected the outbreak would disappear in April due to hotter weather, a prognosis at odds with top US health officials. – AFP