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Death toll from the coronavirus in China exceeds 1,500 and 66,000 infections

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Chinese authorities announced Saturday that the new Coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least 1,519 people in mainland China after Hubei Province, the epicenter in the center of the country, recorded 139 new deaths during the past 24 hours.

In the context of its daily update of the death toll and injuries, health authorities in Hubei, the central province in which the virus first appeared in its capital, Wuhan, in late December, said that during the past 24 hours, the epidemic had killed 139 people and infected an additional 2,420 people, an outcome equal to half of the number who contracted the virus the previous day.

This brings the total number of people infected with the virus in China to more than 66,000.

Outside mainland China, to date, there have been only two deaths from the virus, one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines.

On Friday, Hobby recorded 116 deaths and 4,823 injuries.

This week, Hubei Province changed the system adopted to monitor the epidemic, as “clinically diagnosed” cases were counted, meaning that a radiograph of the lungs was sufficient to diagnose the infection, while before that, it was waiting for a DNA test to confirm the infection.

It is believed that the virus first appeared in late December 2019 in Wuhan, in a wild animal market, and spread rapidly with a massive population movement for the Lunar New Year holiday in January.

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