Death toll in China surges past 1,500

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Death toll in China surges past 1,500

 International Desk

 Published: 10:23 AM, 15 February 2020   Updated: 04:08 PM, 15 February 2020

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The death toll from China’s new Coronavirus epidemic surged past 1,500 on Saturday after 143 more people died in the country, according to official data.

The National Health Commission also reported 2,641 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, with the vast majority in hard-hit central Hubei province.

More than 66,000 people have now been infected in China from an illness that emerged in the Hubei capital Wuhan in December and spread nationwide a month later.

All but four of the 143 new deaths were in Hubei, raising the toll to 1,523.

Chinese authorities have placed some 56 million people in Hubei under quarantine, virtually sealing off the province from the rest of the country in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.