Coronavirus infections in China still soaring

China has recorded new 142 deaths from the outbreak of the novel coronavirus with infections reaching 68,500 on Sunday, according to the latest figures released by the country’s health authorities.

Over 2,000 new infections were confirmed in the previous 24 hours.

Deaths from the Covid-19 disease now stand at 1,665, after 142 new deaths were recorded in that time. Daily deaths from the outbreak have regularly exceeded 100 since Monday.

The rate of people diagnosed with the new coronavirus dropped slightly Hubei province, although the death toll remained high at the epicentre of the outbreak.

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Over the last 24-hour period, 1,843 new cases were reported, Hubei’s health commission said Sunday, down from 2,420 the previous day.

According to the commission, 139 people died from the Covid-19 disease within the province during that period, the same number as during the previous 24-hour period.

Most of the deaths and infections occurred in the city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected in December. In total, Hubei recorded more than 56,000 cases of the respiratory illness caused by the virus.

Outside of mainland China, four people have died of Covid-19 so far. France on Saturday reported the first death in Europe, a Chinese tourist from Hubei.

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The French Health Ministry announced later on Saturday that a 12th coronavirus case had been diagnosed in the country.

The patient, a British national, had been staying in a chalet in the Alpine ski resort of Contamines-Montjoie where a cluster of six other cases had already been diagnosed.

The patient had been hospitalized in isolation in Lyon a week ago and tested for coronavirus regularly since then, with a positive result registered today. Their condition was “not of concern as of today,” the ministry said (dpa/NAN)