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Mainland reports 97 virus deaths; total passes 900

2020-02-10 HKT 07:07
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  • Workers in protective gear deliver medical supplies in Wuhan. Photo: AP
    Workers in protective gear deliver medical supplies in Wuhan. Photo: AP
The number of deaths from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 908 on Monday after the National Health Commission reported 97 new fatalities. The hardest-hit province of Hubei accounted for 91 of the deaths,

In its daily update, Hubei's health commission also confirmed another 2,618 new cases in the central province, where the outbreak emerged in December.

There are now more than 40,000 confirmed cases across China.

The new virus is believed to have emerged last year in a market that sells wild animals in Hubei's capital Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak, before spreading across the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Saturday that the number of cases being reported daily in China was "stabilising", although the health body warned it was too early to say if the virus had peaked.

A WHO "international expert mission" left late on Sunday for China, the agency's director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter. (AFP)