The death toll of people killed by coronavirus rose by 97 on Sunday, the highest number of casualties in a day.
Across China, 40,171 people are infected while 187,518 are under medical observation. The total number of deaths in China is now 908 – but the number of newly-infected people per day has stabilized.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had declared the outbreak, a global emergency by the WHO on 30 January2020 says it has sent a team of experts to Beijing to help investigate the new virus.
The Chinese National Health Commission today Monday 10th February said, millions of people returned to work after the Lunar New Year break, which was extended from 31 January to curb the spread of the virus. According to Chinese data 3,281 patients have been cured and discharged from hospital.
But precautionary measures remain in place, including the staggering of working hours, and the selective reopening of workplaces.
Over the weekend, the number of coronavirus deaths overtook that of the Sars epidemic in 2003 which also originated in China and killed 774 people worldwide.
The WHO on Saturday said the number of new cases in China was “stabilizing” – but warned it was too early to say if the virus had peaked. The organisation on Sunday evening, sent an international mission to help coordinate a response to the outbreak.
The new virus was first reported in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. The city of 11 million has been in lock-down for weeks.(REUTER)