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China death toll mounts, but only one outside Hubei

2020-02-24 HKT 11:42
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  • Nurses work at an ICU ward for coronavirus patients in Wuhan, Hubei. Mainland authorities say most deaths linked to Covid-19 have been in that province. Photo: AFP
    Nurses work at an ICU ward for coronavirus patients in Wuhan, Hubei. Mainland authorities say most deaths linked to Covid-19 have been in that province. Photo: AFP
The mainland's official death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 2,592 on Monday, after the National Health Commission reported 150 more fatalities, all but one in the epicentre of the outbreak, Hubei province.

Monday's death toll was a jump on the 97 deaths reported on Sunday.

The National Health Commission also confirmed a total of 409 new cases on the mainland, with all but 11 in Hubei.

The mainland’s numbers of daily new infections are well down from the outbreak's early height. But the country's authorities have sowed confusion about the data by repeatedly changing their counting methods.

Multiple provinces have reported zero new infections for several days in a row, even as the situation continues to worsen within Hubei and outside of China.

Only one death was reported outside of Hubei on Monday, in Hainan province, where the official Xinhua news agency said a 55-year-old doctor had died.

The coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries and is causing mounting alarm due to new pockets of outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Italy reported a third death while cases spiked, and authorities suspended football games while the Venice Carnival was cut short.

Iran's confirmed death toll rose to eight, prompting travel bans from neighbouring countries. (AFP)