Death toll from coronavirus outbreak in China reaches 490 – Authorities


BEIJING – The overall number of cases of pneumonia caused by the new type of coronavirus in mainland China has reached 24,324 people, 490 people have died, Sputnik news agency quoted China’s state health committee as saying on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s reports said 20,438 people were infected and 425 had died from the virus.

“As of midnight on February 4, the state health committee received information from 31 provinces… about 24,324 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the new type of coronavirus, of which 3,219 people were in serious condition, 490 died, 892 people were discharged from hospitals,” the committee said.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), outside of China, there are 176 coronavirus cases in 24 countries, and one death, in the Philippines.

The novel coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China’s Hubei province in December 2019.