BEIJING: The number of casualties from China’s new coronavirus outbreak reached to 902 on Monday after 99 new deaths were confirmed in the hard-hit Hubei province.
In China, there are now more than 39,800 reported cases based on government estimates released recently. Hubei’s health committee has also reported another 2,618 new cases in the central region, where the epidemic began in December 2019, adding that due to coronavirus outbreak 902 people have died so far in China.
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It is assumed that the new virus originated last year in a market selling wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, the city at the center of the epidemic, before spreading throughout the country.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO said in a statement that, “WHO’s an international group of experts left for China late Sunday.”
The number of fatalities is now higher than the global death toll from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, which in 2002-2003 killed 774 people.